Home' Careers Magazine : March 2011 Educate Yourself Contents Wednesday, March 23, 2011 NEWCASTLE HERALD 7
Green skills boost
earthmoving plant and
sport and fitness
Demand for training
at TAFE in the Hunter
is higher than the
state average. And
there are plenty of
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IN the past four years demand for Hunter TAFE
training has grown by 16.9 per cent compared to
statewide growth of 12 per cent.
Last year 64,000 people enrolled in more than
600 on-the-job, online and flexible programs at 15
campuses in the region.
And TAFE Hunter Institute director Phil Cox
said enrolments this year were likely to be just as
high this year.
''This is not surprising,'' Mr Cox said. ''Our ability
to work in partnership with the region's business
sector has enabled Hunter TAFE to deliver
increasing levels of quality vocational education
Last month the Hunter Valley Research
Foundation forecast that the year ahead reflected
good employment levels, strong growth in the
mining sector and positive business and consumer
That news came as more than 150 new
apprentices began training in automotive
mechanical technology for earthmoving plant and
heavy vehicles, Mr Cox said.
Demand was also high in electrical, electronics
and the emerging field of renewable energy.
The services sector, sport and fitness, child care
and aged care were among the most popular
''We take much pride in this result, in our ability
to understand and meet demand because of our
industry links and pride in the way we work as part
of a region that continues to diversify and grow,''
Mr Cox said.
He said that despite the global financial crisis,
skills demand in the Hunter had grown.
The region had been relatively insulated
because of the growth of the resources sector but
some exporters and manufacturers and
construction and service industries experienced
losses and depleted growth.
But this could be good news for young people
and people changing careers.
''At times of economic uncertainty individuals
and employers look to strengthen their
employment opportunities by upskilling,'' he said.
''In 2009 and 2010 Hunter TAFE noted increased
levels of people studying business and computing,
the arts and media skills.
These programs again in 2011 are set to reach
record levels of enrolment.''
People looking to re-enter the workforce, youth
at risk and marginalised groups are well
supported by TAFE programs and services.
''Hunter TAFE provides specialised education
and training to assist people reach their own goals
and potential,'' Mr Cox said.
Links to industry remained important and the
development of the Green Skills training pathway
was vital for the future.
''Green Skills has grown to suit all levels of
sustainability, from short courses through to
accredited and professional qualifications,'' Mr
He said the focus was to equip people and
businesses with skills and techniques to allow the
adoption of smarter and ''greener'' practices in
production and consumption.
''For our industry partners, we offer a pathway to
sustainable business,'' Mr Cox said.
'' This pathway will become more critical as
business and the community seek ways of creating
a sustainable future.''
Employers know Hunter TAFE delivers skilled graduates.
Our facilities and equipment meet today's industry standards
enabling you to develop practical, first-hand experience in an
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