Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for Skills John Barilaro celebrated the success of a local traineeship program run in the Lismore electorate whilst meeting Bethany Spoor, the 2015 NSW Trainee of the Year.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said traineeships are a great way to bring young, enthusiastic workers into a business and develop their skills.

“Traineeship programs have helped local businesses in the Lismore area equip workers with the skills they need to improve productivity and find new employment opportunities,” Mr George said.

“Bethany’s story is an inspiring example of the opportunities and reward a traineeship can offer; from a successful career path to being recognised amongst some of the highest achievers at the NSW Training Awards.”

The NSW Training Awards recognise the best and brightest amongst the State’s apprentices, trainees, educators, employers.

“Winning Trainee of the Year has been a fantastic experience, and has given me the confidence that I can take forward into my future career,” said Bethany.

Minister Barilaro said traineeships are a great way to begin a career congratulating Bethany on her success, and setting an excellent example for other young people.

“Having experience in the skilled workforce I understand the importance to be engaged in training whilst using the skills on the job,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’d encourage anyone to consider a traineeship, and with fees capped at $1,000, over 85% of current traineeship qualifications on the NSW skills list will be cheaper for students this year.”

For further information about the qualifications on offer, please visit the Smart and Skilled website,

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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