Instead of binge watching television series on Netflix or Stan, TAFE NSW has introduced 21 fee-free short courses for those who want to upskill during the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus crisis has caused widespread economic pain to businesses and communities, however the online courses aim to diversify skills for job seekers and workers.
"We are living in uncertain times and we want to ensure students can increase their employability skills for existing or future workplaces." TAFE NSW managing director Steffan Faurby said.
"We want to encourage people living in the Central West, regional and remote communities, no matter their level education or work capacity, that if they are interested in expanding their skill set that this the perfect opportunity."
So far more than 17,000 people across NSW have enrolled in the courses.
However it's not known how long the fee-free courses will be available.
"We have to consider teaching capacity and the demand to expand on coursework, because everything comes at a cost," he said.
"But with the influx of enrollments, it has exceeded TAFE's expectations and there may the potential to add courses from other industries in the future."
Mr Faurby said teachers were enthusiastic about delivering the courses and assisting students' needs.
He said teachers and support workers are organising virtual coffee catch-ups to make sure students are on track with their work.
"The teachers have a burning desire to teach and provide as much assistance to students as they can," he said.
"You don't have to be an IT guru to be able to enroll and complete the online courses, all you need is the basic knowledge of how to use online platforms."
Mr Faurby said the courses can be completed in a couple of days or weeks.
The statement in attainment courses available are: administration skills for team leaders, business administration, executive assistant organisation skills, introduction to accounting, complex word processing and spreadsheets, computer skills, eMarketing for small business, engaging customers using social media, excel spreadsheets, websites for small business, medical administration, pharmacy training, executive skills, team leader skill set, computer applications, digital literacy, introductory business skills, writing and presentation skills and digital skills.
Those eligible to apply must be over 17, live or work in NSW, be either Australian or New Zealand citizens or have a permanent resident status or humanitarian visa.
To enroll or find more information go to https://www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses.
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