Member for Bega Andrew Constance is encouraging those considering a career in health and wellbeing to try the new TAFE NSW Health and Community Services short course.
Moruya TAFE has offered an Introduction to Health and Community Services short course during semester two at Moruya and Bega CLC TAFE from Monday, July 29.
It would run for four hours a week over seven weeks through "blended delivery".
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment, South East and Tablelands Regional Plan, forecast the health, wellbeing and community services sector would account for 17.9 per cent of employment in the southern half of NSW by 2021.
"There is already strong demand for more people to take up roles in community services and this is a great first step," Mr Constance said.
"Employment growth over the next few years will be driven by an ageing population and significant NSW Government investment in health infrastructure."
Mr Constance said the "taster" course would cover communicating and working effectively in health and community services as well as skills in working with diverse people.
He said the seven-week-course would present an introduction to working in the sector with a focus on achieving three units toward a full qualification in community services.
"The Statement of Attainment would give students a chance to sample the training to see if it was a career they would like to pursue further."
He said the short course could provide study pathways to full qualifications in Individual Support, Health Services Assistant and Community Services.
Mr Constance said job outcomes in the sector included roles such as in-home respite care, nurse's aid, care service employee, transport support worker, community services field officer, school support officer and family support worker.
To find out more about studying an Introduction to Health and Community Services in semester two at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.