A night for networking

CLARENCE Valley employers and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) came together in Maclean on Wednesday night to expand their knowledge of the training industry and how it could best be put to use.

The Clarence Ahead-organised function provided an opportunity for networking and for Valley employers to see what training was available to them.

"We are really pleased with the response from the RTOs and it shows how interested they are in supplying training in the Clarence Valley," Clarence Ahead chairman Des Plunkett said.

Clarence Institute of Learning and Research director Pamela Wells said such functions were vital for Valley training organisations.

"This is the first opportunity we've had to meet other RTOs that service the area and it also allows us to in- troduce our products and services to people of the Lower River because we are based in Grafton," she said.

TAFE NSW Automotive head teacher Garrie Crossingham said making people aware of local training facilities was a key message of the function.

"It lets employers know what training options there are to access locally so they can train people here rather than out of the area. That gives kids local jobs so it keeps them in the community," he said.

B&K Blinds and Awnings owner Jody Toyer said it helped employers to have so many RTOs in the one place at the one time.

"As an employer running their own business ... you're not really aware what's there to help grow your business and train staff so this is great to help you find out what's available," she said.

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