Big growth in TAFE courses

TAFE NSW expects the number of students studying community services and health to spike in 2014.

TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute predicts that more than 4000 students will enrol in courses that could lead to careers in nursing, aged care and disability.

Fairfield Height's Aalan Yousif recently did the course and found that there are actually more jobs available than people applying for them.

"There are a lot of jobs out there for people," he said.

"The spike may be because people are trying new things, but really there aren't that many people studying this compared to other courses.

"I think it is a really good course to do."

During his Diploma in Community Services and a Certificate III and IV in Disability Services, Mr Yousif said he did 40 hours of work placement and worked part-time.

"I did work placement at STARTT's (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture) and I was working at [the National] Multiple Sclerosis [Society] doing residential care work," he said.

"I want to study at uni next year.

"After that I hope to work with people with disabilities or maybe with refugee children."

TAFE SWSi's community, health, hospitality and service skills faculty director, Christine Manwarring, said the enrolment boom was in line with the growing number of job opportunities in these sectors.

"South western Sydney is on the verge of a massive expansion in the health and community services sector, with a growing number of families and older people settling in the region," Ms Manwarring said.

"According to the federal Department of Employment, Australia's heath care and social assistance sector will grow by 13 per cent by November 2017, creating 178,087 new jobs."

TAFE SWSi offers 24 course options to help people gain the qualifications needed for a successful career in the health and community services sectors.


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