Northern Rivers Echo

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a visit by John Barilaro MP, Minister for Small Business, Regional Development and Skills.

We visited the Lismore TAFE Campus to open the ‘Student Central’ facility. This will provide support to students through access to dedicated staff and modern technology to work with them to achieve their study goals.

The Minister also renewed acquaintances with Bethany Spoor, the 2015 NSW Trainee of the Year. 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.

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.

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.

Bethany also showed us products from her online cosmetic business, which supports girls in Africa to receive an education.

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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