TAFE representatives have encouraged Gunnedah's blue collar industry members to get on board with the new TAFE pre-apprenticeship course so it becomes successful enough to run next year.
The course, beginning next week, currently has 17 students enrolled, with even more on the waiting list.
But TAFE services manager Lea Sharpe said it was also up to employers for the course to thrive.
"We can't do it alone ... employment comes back to you," Ms Sharpe said.
Namoi Valley Bricks and Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce held a barbecue breakfast on Friday morning to celebrate the commencement of the new course. Here, each of the four TAFE representatives spoke to the crowd about the importance of getting on board.
"We want this to be a success, we want to keep building on for Gunnedah," TAFE head of skills Christine Maunder said.
Local industry members are encouraged to put their hand up to offer students in the course a place to get hands-on experience through the placement component of the course.
There is no cost for employers to put a student on for placement, and TAFE teachers offer support through the course component by checking in regularly.
Alongside representatives from TAFE, mayor Jamie Chaffey and Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson also spoke at the event.
For more information about the course, contact Gunnedah TAFE on 6742 9600 or via email at TNE-LE-CS-Gunnedah@tafensw.edu.au
The Gunnedah TAFE is in the final stages of a $3.36 million face-lift, and an official opening is expected to be held later this month.