Northern Rivers Echo
Last week Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro was in Lismore to announce details of the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Plan (ISLP). Up to 200 skilled workers, apprentices and trainees will have the opportunity to gain employment as part of a new upgrade to Lismore Hospital as the NSW Government continues to roll out the ISLP across the State.
The Lismore Base Hospital Stage 3B Redevelopment will employ an average of 70 tradespeople each year, with up to 14 new apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the region. Construction companies contracted to deliver the project, such as John Holland, are required to ensure at least 20 per cent of their workforces are apprentices or trainees.
Apprentices studying at Lismore, Casino, Wollongbar and Ballina TAFE NSW campuses will now be taught lifesaving road safety skills as part of a new program designed to save young lives on NSW roads.
Towards Zero: TAFE Road Safety Partnership, is a collaborative initiative between Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and TAFE NSW and will see students at TAFE NSW campuses throughout regional NSW learn vital road safety lessons from early next year.
The workshop will cover five key issues including speed, driver fatigue, animals on rural roads, driver distraction – particularly the use of mobile phones, an alcohol and drugs.