New courses address projected shortages in community services industry

TAFE NSW graduate Ally Niemeyer studied a Diploma of Community Services and is now working at Mission Australia.
TAFE NSW graduate Ally Niemeyer studied a Diploma of Community Services and is now working at Mission Australia.

TAFE NSW Tenterfield has moved to help address the shortage of social housing and community service workers by offering three new courses to the community through a mixture of flexible online study and face-to-face workshops.

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kate Baxter, said, "The health, wellbeing and community services industry is forecast to have the biggest employment increase in regional NSW over the next three years.

"The Certificate IV in Social Housing, Certificate IV and Diploma of Community Services are nationally recognised courses that will equip students with the skills that they need to be employed to deliver social housing and a range of services to the community.

"TAFE NSW are committed to providing regional places like Tenterfield with opportunities to upskill with experienced industry professionals."

The new courses are not only aimed at current employees who want to progress their career in the social housing and community services industry, but also community members who are interested in starting a new career.

The courses commence in August and provide an ideal pathway to employment or career progression, TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Community Services, Scott Sears, said.

"Successful completion of these courses can lead to crucial community service roles such as a client services officer, youth case worker, mental health support worker or an alcohol and other drugs worker - just to name a few.

"It doesn't matter where people are living in the region, they will now have the opportunity to learn from a range of experienced teachers and industry experts at TAFE NSW. Students will get the job-ready skills they need by accessing a mixture of flexible online study, face-to-face workshops, and work experience at a range of regional service partners."

Go to www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601 for more information.