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From zero to hero in the manufacturing world

With a focus on creating growth in regional areas, a loan offered through Jobs for NSW is providing extra incentives for emerging businesses such as The Glass Lab in Tweed Heads – turning the company into the biggest surfboard manufacturer in Australia. Founder Adam Wessel took advantage of the zero interest rate on the Regional Growth Loan (RGL) which allowed…

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​ Apprentices to benefit from intensive training

A new mentoring program offered by the Federal Government aims to improve apprenticeship completion rates by offering a positive incentive to apprentices in industries undergoing structural change. The Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (SMAA) program aims to build on support offered by the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and increase retention and completion rates. Mentoring services will be provided to apprentices…

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A quarter of Cobar’s workers don’t live in the town

More than a quarter of Cobar’s workforce don’t actually live in the town, with 27 per cent of workers travelling from outside the mining community to their workplace. Some workers live in nearby communities such as Nyngan, Narromine and Bourke while others travel from as far away as Armidale, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Townsville. Figures released by the Australian Bureau…

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Opportunities abound for indigenous jobseekers

Dubbo company Fletcher International Exports is already putting the Tailored Assistance Employment Grants program to work, adding young Aboriginal employees from Walgett to its workforce. The meat processing plant has taken advantage of the Federal Government scheme which aims to provide training and employment opportunities in the industry for 200 indigenous youth. Fletcher International’s chief executive officer Melissa Fletcher said…

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Aeris Resources employment opportunities

Aeris Resources Limited is a mining and exploration company with two underground copper mines at the Tritton Mines operation located near Nyngan. The company is currently seeking new employees for the positions of mining electrician, heavy vehicle auto-electrician, heavy vehicle (mobile fitter), graduate geologist and underground operators including cablebolt operators, truck drivers, loader operators and construction and service crew. For…

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The Darling Design Company, Cobar

Residing in Cobar, Ellie Russell is a freelance graphic designer and blogger responsible for creating her own online business, The Darling Design Company. As the name suggests, the company provides small businesses with sophisticated design services (print and digital) to assist in the branding and advertising of a product or service. An enthusiastic social media buff, Ellie also lends her…