TAFE NSW in Gunnedah and Tamworth has moved to help address the shortage of skilled computer programming and IT workers by introducing a new computer programming course, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced.

Mr Anderson said the Certificate IV in Programming was a nationally recognised course that provided students with skills in the most widely-used programming languages to develop mobile and other applications, designing user interfaces and writing and testing coding.

“The NSW Government, through TAFE NSW, is supporting the Gunnedah and Tamworth community’s by ensuring the workforce has the skills to meet the demands of such an evolving industry,” Mr Anderson said. “We are committed to providing regional places like Tamworth and Gunnedah with the opportunity to upskill on the latest industry trends and technology taught by experienced industry professionals.”

“The course is not only aimed at those already working in the IT industry looking to improve their skills, but also those interested in starting a new career.”

IT skills are currently in demand and expected to be for some time, with the Regional Australia Institute suggesting a major shift in the role IT plays in many Australian jobs, with an expected 50 per cent of employees by 2030 in roles requiring high-level programming, coding and software design skills.

The course can lead to in demand roles like an application programmer, mobile applications or software developer – just to name a few. Students are able to get the job-ready skills at TAFE NSW by studying a mixture of face-to-face and online through blended delivery, making it easier to maintain a work/life balance of studying when and where it suits them.

To find out more about the Certificate IV in Programming or any other semester two course at TAFE NSW in Gunnedah and Tamworth visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.