A jobs summit is underway in Ballina today while a $1.3 million trade skills centre is being opened in Lismore.
Both events are aimed at increasing employment opportunities for northern rivers residents.
Greens MP is hosting the Ballina jobs summit for Ballina, Tamara Smith, at the Ballina Surf Club.
The summit has brought together more than 60 of the region’s major employers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, job service providers and council representatives.
Ms Smith said the purpose of the summit was to look at how all groups could work collectively to support new jobs within the region, while preserving and enhancing natural assets.
Meanwhile in Lismore, Page MP Kevin Hogan is officially opening a trades skill centre at Trinity Catholic College.
The centre is one of six centres that will be built across the northern rivers and Clarence valley.
Mr Hogan said the centre at Trinity would provide an alternative pathway to employment for students and expand their Vocational Employment and Training opportunities
‘Employment surveys have found there is a high concentration of Food Service businesses in our community, but also there is a high-degree difficulty in filling chefs’ positions.
‘This new centre will help bridge that gap by training students who are ready to take up work in food-related positions.’
The Trade Skills Centre boasts a new industry standard kitchen with the initial capability of 18 Hospitality places to address an industry area identified by the Commonwealth as experiencing skills shortage in rural and regional Australia, including the Northern Rivers.
Trinity Principal Brother John Hilet said the school was willing to share classes with other schools if needed.
‘We are also open to entering into a partnership with TAFE who are keen to access to facilities near the CBD,’ he said.
‘It will build on already established partnerships with local organisations\businesses who utilise our function facility adjacent to the new centre,’ he said.
Early last year Mr Hogan announced six local schools would share in $5.8 million to establish Trade Skill Centres to give students more study and job options.
The schools are Alstonville High ($1 million) for building works which includes a new primary industries centre; Evans River K-12 Community School ($1 million) to establish a new Trade Training Centre; Grafton High ($1 million) for a new hospitality Trade Training Centre; Induna School ($550,000) also for a new hospitality Trade Training Centre; South Grafton High ($1 million) for a new woodworking Trade Training Centre and; Trinity Catholic College ($1.3 million) for a hospitality Trade Training Centre.