Youth job service extends reach

ENVITE will expand its Jobs Services Australia (JSA) program into the Ballina and Byron shires in July.

The company won a tender process by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to provide job services in those areas.

General manager Meg Nichols said EnviTE Employment's services had been rated "four-star" by the government for their youth specialist services in Lismore, Casino and the surrounding districts of the Richmond Employment Services Area (ESA) for the past three years.

It was that four-star rating that allowed them to win the tender to expand to the Ballina and Byron shires.

"The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations advised us today that our tender to expand this service into the Ballina and Byron shires was successful," Ms Nichols said.

"We will open offices in Ballina, Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads, with outreach services also provided to Mullumbimby."

The service will be free to all job seekers and employers in the region, with a projected load of 1100 clients in Byron and Ballina to be added to the current 300 in the Lismore area.

Ms Nichols said it was not the first time EnviTE Employment had operated in the Ballina and Byron shires area.

"EnviTE has provided employment services on the North Coast of NSW for almost 20 years," she said.

"EnviTE was established in 1993 and has built a strong reputation for quality provision of environmentally focused employment and training programs such as Green Corps, Work for the Dole, National Green Jobs Corp and Job Placement Services."

Page MP Janelle Saffin has been lobbying government representatives in Canberra to gain funding to re-establish Green Corps jobs in the area, with a possible outcome expected in the upcoming Federal Budget.

Ms Nichols said EnviTE Employment helped people who were disadvantaged to build their skills, work experience and employability.



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