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TASTE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AT TAFE NSW
People considering a career in health and wellbeing are being encouraged to try the new TAFE NSW Health and Community Services short course.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the NSW Department of Planning and Environment forecasts the health, wellbeing and community services sector will account for 17.9 per cent of employment in the southern half of NSW by 2021 according to the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan.
“There is already strong demand for more people to take up roles in community services,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Employment growth over the next few years will be driven by an ageing population and significant NSW Government investment in health infrastructure.”
To help train the workforce of the future, TAFE NSW in Queanbeyan and Cooma are offering the Introduction to Health and Community Services short course.
The taster course will cover communicating and working effectively in health and community services as well as skills in working with a diverse range of people.
Mr Barilaro said the seven-week-course would present an introduction to working in the sector with a focus on achieving three units toward a full qualification in community services.
“The Statement of Attainment would give students a chance to sample the training to see if it was a career they would like to pursue further,” he said.
The short course can provide study pathways to full qualifications in Individual Support, Health Services Assistant and Community Services.
Mr Barilaro said job outcomes in the sector include roles such as in-home respite care, nurse’s aide, care service employee, transport support worker, community services field officer, school support officer and family support worker.
The short course will be offered during semester two at TAFE NSW in Queanbeyan and Cooma from Monday July 29. It will run for four hours a week over seven weeks through blended delivery.
To find out more about studying an Introduction to Health and Community Services in semester two at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.