NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has encouraging the community to ‘Thank a Tradie’ during National Skills Week.

Mr Anderson said the annual week celebrated the talents, skills and contributions of tradespeople educated in the NSW vocational system. It’s the perfect time to acknowledge the continued hard work and commitment of local tradies who are the backbone of our communities.

“Local Tamworth barber Anthony Cotter is just one of the tradies we should be thanking during National Skills Week. He completed a Certificate III in Hairdressing eight years ago and recently completed a Certificate III in Barbering at TAFE NSW. Anthony now operates his own business ‘The New Order Barbershop’ in Tamworth,” Mr Anderson said.

“It’s great to hear about businesses thriving despite the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic and I applaud Anthony for bravely opening his new business and implementing strategies to keep his business going and clip, chop and fade his customers during this time.”

In the past five years, TAFE NSW has trained 13,000 electricians, 12,000 carpenters, 7000 plumbers, 4500 car mechanics and 3700 hairdressers with the hands-on practical skills to succeed in their chosen industry and fill many needs for the community.

“Studying at TAFE NSW equipped me with the hands-on, practical skills I needed to become a barber and start my own business and I love meeting new people. It is rewarding to see the reaction on a client’s face when you have given them a new look and exceeded their expectations,” Anthony said.

There is more to vocational education than just trades, and the career of your dreams is closer than ever, whether you want to work in mechanics, hairdressing, healthcare and nursing, cybersecurity, business management, marketing or accounting when you can access so many qualifications at TAFE NSW.