Free building and business courses to retrain during confinement

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TAFE NSW will offer 10 new free courses in mental health, digital security, business administration and construction to help people get back on their feet during the pandemic.

Skills and Higher Education Minister Geoff Lee said the free training in areas of job growth was designed to help support the community during the lockdown.

“Whether you are confined to Greater Sydney or a regional community, I urge residents of NSW to take advantage of the free training options available that will help develop the skills needed to get ahead of the curve in a post-COVID economy. Says Mr. Lee.

Mark Adamik is studying to become a carpenter at TAFE, after a career in the tourism industry was cut short by the pandemic.Credit:Janie Barrett

“TAFE NSW is committed to helping the people of NSW develop their skills in a safe manner against COVID.

“Training delivered through self-paced e-learning or teacher-led virtual classes means people can learn from their own homes with the confidence that they are receiving high-quality accredited TAFE training. “

The new courses are also linked to continuing education paths to help students achieve a full qualification.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 15 or over to qualify for the so-called ‘rapid response’ courses.

The 10 free short courses will include reading plans for builders, building and labor materials, health and safety, digital security basics, medical terminology, business administration skills, skills business for supervisors, document and spreadsheet production, food handling, mental health and alcohol and other drug work.

NSW saw a 15 percent increase in the number of new apprentices and trainees last year. This figure was higher than the national increase of 10.6 percent.

Mr Lee said data from the National Vocational Education Research Center shows that NSW accounted for 30% of the national total of apprenticeship and internship starts in 2020. NSW has more than 93,880 apprentices and trainees in training in part of the national total of 297,920.

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