New healthcare facilities to drive local employment growth, research shows

Paul Bibby

Looking for a job in the Northern Rivers can be a daunting task, especially for young people with limited qualifications and expertise.

But there’s a flicker of light on the horizon according to new research by TAFE NSW.

The research has found that employment opportunities in the Richmond Tweed region are expected to grow across a number of industries over the next three years.

The biggest growth areas are health, construction, transport, creative industries, manufacturing and agribusiness – driven by new projects in the region.

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George, said significant investments in healthcare facilities in Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle and the Tweed Valley would have a significant impact on job creation.

‘There’s also the Northern Rivers Rail Trail project, and numerous creative industry projects in the Northern Rivers which identify this area as the second highest creative industries cluster in the state,’ Ms George said.

‘In addition to that we have the relocation of Stone and Wood Brewery and Adapatapak to the Northern Rivers, as well as the Solaris Pharmaceutical grant to build a medical cannabis processing plant in Casino, all of which indicate an increased demand for skilled workers will continue to be generated by industry.’

Ms George said local TAFE students would be well placed to take advantage of the opportunities, with courses in civil construction and business administration among the five most popular courses at local institutes.

The top five TAFE courses by enrolment in the Richmond Tweed region in 2017 were:
 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
 Certificate III in Business Administration
 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
 TAFE Statement in Youth Engagement
 Certificate IV in Community Services


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