New courses available at Nyngan TAFE NSW

Business Administration, Hospitality and Individual Support (Ageing) are just some of the courses that can now be accessed at TAFE NSW Nyngan thanks to an innovative course delivery method to regional and remote communities in Western NSW.

TAFE Western Connect combines a mixture of practical, hands-on learning in Nyngan and theoretical training in classrooms connected by video conferencing technology.

Historically some courses might not have progressed due to low class sizes. TAFE Western Connect taps into classes across Western NSW to ensure that students, regardless of their location, can study the course of their choice.


Deputy Regional General Manager, Adam Bennett said TAFE NSW is continuing to invest in the latest courses and technology to address the skills local students need to pursue employment and higher learning opportunities.

“This is an example of how Australia’s largest training provider responds to the skills needs of the communities that it serves by delivering innovative learning solutions,” he said.

“What is so exciting about these courses is they are responsive, focused on job readiness and tailored to industry needs to ensure that our students have the right skills for the career they want.

“There has never been a better time to study with TAFE NSW where students can access convenient and practical training right here in Nyngan.”

Courses now available in Nyngan include:

  • Statement of Attainment in MYOB Essentials Pack
  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Statement of Attainment in Food Safety Supervision
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate III in Tourism
  • Certificate III in Workplace, Health and Safety

For more information on all TAFE Western Connect courses visit or phone 131 601.

Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board releases new report

In an industry snapshot released on Friday, industry members highlighted a need for post-trade training as well as courses information and communication technology and assistance for small businesses and sole traders in tendering for building contract work.

Needs in Northern Tasmania included basic skills, like literacy and numeracy training, and enhanced skills for dealing with new technologies and building code regulations.

Regional workshops held in 2018 identified there were barriers in recruiting people suitable for the construction industry and getting young people in particular to be motivated for recruitment.

Feedback in the report noted apprentices did not understand the industry could offer interesting and rewarding experiences.

It said there was a general consensus among 180 industry members who attended the forums that mature-age apprentices were of a high quality but costly for small builders.

TBCITB chairwoman Tracy Matthews said there were 19,700 people employed in the building industry as at November 2018 with was 6 per cent less than three months prior.

“The Tasmanian building and construction industry continues to experience high activity levels expected to be around $2.8 billion a year for at least the next two years,” Ms Matthews said.

“More major projects in the north of the state are expected to happen within the next two years coinciding with the completion of significant projects in southern Tasmania.”

The board forecast a 3-per-cent rise in residential building construction over the next two financial years which was anticipated to be valued at $884 million by 2020-21.

It said the industry employed 1786 apprentices during 2017-2018 which represented a 22-per-cent increase on the previous financial year.

Last financial year, 900 apprentices commenced in the building and construction industry which was up 39 per cent the year before.

“With the expected growth in construction activity, an increase apprentice numbers should follow in the short term,” the report said.

It said 25 per cent of apprentices did not complete their courses due to a lack of work.