Mitchell Williams is a new recruit for NORTEC's 1000 jobs in 100 days campaign here with Karen Gaffney of the Lantern shop. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Mitchell Williams is a new recruit for NORTEC's 1000 jobs in 100 days campaign here with Karen Gaffney of the Lantern shop. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Tight job market sees 154 job seekers hired in 100 days

NORTEC employment and training has fallen slightly short of its 1000 jobs in 100 days campaign, placing 983 candidates with 154 of those landing a position on the Tweed.

The Lantern Shop in Tweed Heads was the first to hire a job seeker through the campaign by hiring 19-year-old Mitchell Williams as a warehouse assistant, helping to import and distribute party decorations.

Founder Karen Gaffney said Mr Williams was their first employee on the Tweed, with a further 11 in Brisbane.

"Mitchell is enthusiastic, hardworking and is helping us to meet with the demands of the crazy party season," she said.

NORTEC's recruitment consultant Peter Carlin said it was the first sustainable job Mr Williams has had.

"We've changed his life and now he's confident, that's really important to young workers," he said.

Mr Williams said he "loved" his new job. "I hope to learn and stay for as long as I can," he said.



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