TAFE NSW Yass is offering a free Introduction to Health and Community Services course to help locals prepare for increased job opportunities expected in the health and well-being sector.
The seven-week course will run during the second semester at TAFE NSW Yass, which begins on August 9.
It will run for four hours per week, from 10am-2.30pm, through online and face-to-face learning.
The course usually costs $1030 but is being fully subsidised by the state government.
Local state member Wendy Tuckerman said the course would provide students with the initial skills to work in the health and well-being sector.
Students who complete the course will be credited toward a full qualification in Individual Support (aged care), Health Services Assistant or Community Services.
These qualifications can lead to roles such as in-home respite care, nurse's aid, care service employee, transport support worker, community services field officer, school support officer and family support worker, Mrs Tuckerman said.
"The Introduction to Health and Community Services is helping people put their toes in the water and at the end of it they will receive a Statement of Attainment. This means students get to sample the training and see if it is a career they would like to pursue further," Mrs Tuckerman said.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment's South East and Tablelands Regional Plan forecasts the health, well-being and community services sector will account for 17.9 per cent of employment in the southern half of NSW by 2021.
"Employment growth over the next few years will be driven by an ageing population and significant NSW government investment in health infrastructure," Mrs Tuckerman said.
An introductory course for people working in Disability will also begin on August 1 and Home Support on October 15 at TAFE NSW Yass.
To find out more phone 13 16 01 or visit tafensw.edu.au.
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