Norply pair back on line
COUNTRY Energy has thrown two young electrical apprentices a lifeline following the devastating fire that gutted Kyogle's Norply factory in September.
The fire destroyed the Norply timber mill and left 140 people without a job, including Ryan Daley, 18, and Robert Laarhoven, 20.
Ryan, a first-year apprentice, has recently begun working with electrical technician Wayne Turner outside Casino, while second-year apprentice Robert is under the guidance of Kyogle electrical technician Darryl Gibson.
Country Energy's regional general manager for the Far North Coast, Brian Glawson, said that as an organisation with its foundations in regional and rural New South Wales, Country Energy felt obliged to do what it could to help.
"At the time of the fire Norply was Kyogle's biggest employer," Mr Glawson said.
"The loss of so many jobs hit the town hard.
"But it has been great to see the way the community has rallied.
"Ryan and Robert came to Country Energy through North- ern Rivers Group Training and they will continue their apprenticeships while with us.
"At present they are supporting our rapid response teams, and they will also be helping in the refurbishment of zone substations and assisting electrical contractors with service work."
Northern Rivers Group Training regional manager Tanja Conners said it was great to see large organisations pull together to support each other in difficult times.
"Under the group scheme these two apprentices are able to continue on with their apprenticeship with minimal loss of time and disruption, and are able to go back to their original host employer or another host if or when required," Tanja said.