Demand for workers in the early childcare sector set to boom

POPULAR CHOICE: TAFE NSW Orange Early Childhood Education and Care head teacher Susan Bird says the industry is experiencing a huge boom. Photo: SUPPLIED.
POPULAR CHOICE: TAFE NSW Orange Early Childhood Education and Care head teacher Susan Bird says the industry is experiencing a huge boom. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Now is the time to investigate a career in early childhood education, according to TAFE, as demand for trained workers in this sector continues  to rise.

TAFE NSW Orange early childhood education and care head teacher Susan Bird, who has been involved in child care for more than 20 years, said the industry was experiencing a huge boom, resulting in an increase in employment opportunities.

“Australian Government statistics reveal that Australia-wide, demand for child care is already constrained and with forecasted growth of 28 per cent across the state between 2016 and 2036, this demand is only going to increase,” she said.

“In Orange and the central west, the current demand for child care just can’t be met.

“Consumers want new services and the creation of many new services will create more employment opportunities.

“A TAFE NSW Early Childhood Education and Care short course is the perfect way to get a start in the industry.

“We also have a range of courses which are perfect for those already employed in child care who want to upskill with ambitions for career progression.

“The best part is you can study a short course when it suits you, at one of our campuses, online or in your workplace.”

Ms Bird said enrolments were open for short courses including child protection, early childhood fundamentals, early childhood inclusive practices and first aid. 

TAFE NSW hospitality head teacher John Olewicz says government statistics reveal demand for skilled hospitality workers is also at an all-time high in the region.

“Accommodation and food services is classed as one of the top five industries in terms of opportunities and growth across the country, and is the leading youth employment sector in NSW, with 300,000 regional workers employed in the industry annually,” he said.

Mr Olewicz said enrolments were open for hospitality courses including food safety supervision, hospitality essentials, café catering skills, café food and beverage skills and café baking.

For more information about these courses visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.

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