School leavers in the Upper Hunter have more options thanks to the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said a recent study by TAFE NSW at Quirindi had forecast exciting employment growth areas in the health, community services, construction and real estate sectors over the next two years.

Mr Johnsen said the study predicted growth in full-time employment opportunities as a result of a current skills shortage, ageing population and exciting large scale investments in the region.

“Quirindi is experiencing a shortage of local, skilled workers in a number of areas including aged and disabled care, early learning and childcare, as well as construction and hospitality,” Mr Johnsen said. “Our population is ageing and the construction and development of a number of new health care and childcare facilities will continue to generate increased demand for skilled workers – key factors that will open the doors to many exciting potential employment opportunities. The Upper Hunter electorate has a very diverse economy, with strong activity in health, wellbeing and community services, construction, technology, business and agriculture.”

TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest education and training provider and offers a range of qualifications across industry growth areas. The Nationals in Government will continue to innovate and invest in courses to meet the skills needs of towns like Quirindi.

“We are committed to ensuring TAFE NSW continues to deliver the skills that drive a strong local economy, support vibrant communities and help individuals, enterprises and industries to adapt and thrive in rural and regional NSW,” Mr Johnsen said. “With more than 1200 face-to-face and online courses available for 2019, and with current and future job prospects for our Quirindi community looking bright, I encourage the community to visit TAFE NSW to find out how you can upskill or reskill to pursue employment opportunities.”