As the HSC approaches, school leavers across the state are getting ready to take a break from the books to log-on to the inaugural TAFE NSW Virtual Open Day.
The first of its kind, the virtual event will combat social distancing barriers to ensure that prospective students don't miss out on the opportunity to meet TAFE NSW teachers and explore the state-of-the-art facilities on September 9 and 10.
TAFE NSW regional general manager Kate Baxter said that school leavers, and their parents and guardians, will have access to teachers from 60 course areas that are available for study across the state.
"The innovative virtual format of this event means that anyone who is considering their career options doesn't need to travel to explore absolutely every opportunity available to them at TAFE NSW," Ms Baxter said.
"COVID-19 has undoubtedly presented challenges for the class of 2020 and I want to reassure school leavers that the pandemic isn't an obstacle to getting the skills they need to pursue the career of their dreams.
"TAFE NSW is leading the vocational education sector by ensuring that all students continue to have access to training and information in a COVID-safe environment."
Visitors to the event can connect one-on-one with teachers, take 360-degree tours of facilities, observe practical demonstrations, and access student support service and scholarship information in a virtual exhibition hall.
Ms Baxter said that kitchenhands, commercial cleaners, sales assistants, electrical lines workers and carpenters are forecast to be in demand over the course of the next twelve months and now is the time to consider the qualifications required to pursue these employment opportunities.
"TAFE NSW graduates are in high demand because of the quality of their education and ability to hit the ground running with the job-ready skills that employers are looking for," she said.
To register to attend the open day, visit tafensw.edu.au/open-day