More than 400 students, representing most of the high schools in the region, are expected to take part in Taste of TAFE initiatives around the region over the coming weeks in an effort to encourage more people to enter careers in skill shortage areas.
According to Adrian Mitchell, Institute Director of TAFE NSW Western Institute, the Taste of TAFE program is one of a number of initiatives designed to encourage more young people to seek apprenticeships and traineeships in trades which are experiencing a skills shortage and where they can be assured there is high demand for their services.
"Taste of TAFE helps High School students make decisions about their future career," he said. "It is a critical period in young people's lives and this valuable experience will help inform them of the opportunities available to them in a broad range of trades."
"Whether a student is considering a career in a trade or technical area, or simply not sure which career option to pursue Taste of TAFE will give them the practical information they need."
Western Institute is offering Taste of TAFE experiences in Engineering, Automotive, Carpentry, Child Studies, Electrical, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Nursing, Outdoor Recreation, Painting and Signcraft,
The programs include the equivalent of a full school day spent at TAFE to get an overview of trades courses, enrolment procedures and career opportunities in addition to obtaining hands-on experience in the trade workshops.
They are being conducted at Bathurst, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Cowra, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange, Parkes/Forbes and an Outdoor Recreation program in the Blue Mountains.
In addition to the one-day workshops, four-week programs are also being offered in conjunction with Central West Group Apprentices to promote trade careers in which there are significant shortages of skilled trades-people.