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NINE hundred and eighty-three people have found jobs from the Gold Coast to Nambucca Heads thanks to NORTEC’s 1000 jobs in 100 days program.

Despite being 17 people short of 1000, dozens of Clarence Valley residents were employed as a result.

Grafton saw 123 people employed and 60 at Yamba.

Chef Luke Collins and waitress Kimberly Trudgett were employed along with four other staff at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club as part of the program.

Mr Collins said he sent resumes from Tasmania to Western Australia looking for work, but could not find anything until NORTEC helped him secure one.

“Unless you know someone or have a friend it is so hard to get a job,” Mr Collins said.

“To have the Ex-Servicemen’s Club give me a chance is great, and I’m not looking back.”

Ms Trudgett said she had been with NORTEC since she was 16 and now does three shifts a week.

“I’m extremely happy, I love working here. Everyone is so nice and we are a team,” she said.

“I am also doing an aged care course through NORTEC.

“Now that I have this job I can stay in this town where I was born and raised.”

NORTEC recruitment consultant Rod Cannon said they found jobs for people in positions from labouring and hospitality to administration.

“We did this to ensure local people are employed in sustainable jobs,” Mr Cannon said.

“We were 17 people short, but that’s an indication of the economic climate.”