Locals looking for a career in assisting others and making a difference will be able to gain the necessary skills through a certificate available at the Gunnedah Community College.
Campus staff are now taking enrolments for the CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services, commencing on campus on Tuesday, July 21.
Community services is one of the largest growth industries in the Gunnedah area, and the course itself offers graduates a range of employment opportunities across multiple sectors.
The course is scheduled to run over two days each week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-3pm. This training is subsidised by the NSW government and is Centrelink-approved for eligible students.
Shantel Simpson took part in a Community Services Career Pathway course at the college earlier this year.
This pre-course training gave students the opportunity to learn skills that could be relevant to many community service occupations.
"Our teacher Julie was able to involve the whole class comfortably in group conversations. I felt I got a lot out of doing this due to the delivery of the course in a comfortable atmosphere with lovely staff when you entered the building," Ms Simpson said.
"I was fascinated by the way the students learning approaches were met."
Gunnedah Community College executive officer, Alison Heagney, said the college would help to provide skills-based training to students so they could enter or re-enter the workforce.
"Skills-based training has a positive impact on people, helping them become self-reliant which in turn promotes sustainability in our communities," Ms Heagney said.
Classes will continue to be delivered observing social distancing and Australian Government guidelines including information published by Training Services NSW (TSNSW) and NSW Department of Health.
For more information about the course, contact the college on 0438 846 262 or 1800 952 264 Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.