TAFE Offering 21 Free Online Courses

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NSW TAFE has announced that 21 courses are now available on its website for anyone to partake in, completely free of charge.

Yesterday the NSW Premier revealed details of the plan which is designed to give Australians currently in some form of lockdown some extra learning and professional development skills from the convenience of home, without paying a cent.

Included in the range of free courses are developing administration skills, enhancing your digital impact, growing health and medical knowledge, improving leadership performance as well as a set of courses designed to improve an individual’s practical business skills.

To be eligible for the courses, however, you need to be an over 17-year-old school-leaver that either lives or works in NSW with Australian citizenship, New Zealand citizenship or has a valid humanitarian visa.

Speaking at a press conference, NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian said that “we know the next six months are going to be difficult and what we have done today is announce that through TAFE there are 21 free courses you can do from home to upgrade your skills or to acquire new skills,” she said.

“It means people can start prepping for when these difficult times are over,” she added. “If you haven’t got a job or not working from home it is an opportunity for you to upgrade your skills or acquire new skills so you can enter or reenter the workforce when you finish this difficult time,” Berejiklian concluded.

Developing administration skills is made up of statements of attainment in administration skills for team leaders, business administration skills, executive assistant organisational skills and an introduction to accounting course.

Enhancing your digital impact includes courses on complex word processing and spreadsheets, computing skills, excel spreadsheets and designing websites for small businesses, while health and medical knowledge courses offer a statement of attainment in medical administration skills and pharmacy training.

There’s also a statement of attainment in executive skills under the branch of leadership performance, as well as a number of practical business skills, including computer applications, digital literacy skills, word processing and spreadsheets, introductory business skills and finally, writing and presentation skills.

The courses range anywhere between a three and eleven-hour study load, for up to 26 weeks.

TAFE’s NSW managing director, Steffen Faurby said that the organisation remains focussed on facilitating high-quality and customised training to meet the needs of the public. “For over 130 yeaers, TAFE NSW has been preparing the state’s workforce for the jobs of tomorrow and it is no different during this time,” he said.

Geoff Lee, the Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education said that the plan is particularly helpful for individuals that have been forced into a state of ‘hibernation’ that are looking to be proactive with their idle time. “The NSW government understands that circumstances have changed for a lot of people and business owners,” he said, “which means that the way they work and how they conduct their business has also changed.”

“The TAFE NSW fee-free accredited courses will contribute to helping businesses stay in business and people stay in jobs. It’s vital we keep people employed and ensure we have the ability to rebound when things do improve,” he said. “We also understand that many industries are in hibernation, so using this period to upskill for the future is time well spent,” Lee concluded.

For more information, check out TAFE NSW’s website or contact 131 601

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