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Skills for the Warrumbungle Shire Drought-Affected Community

Warrumbungle Shire Council is collaborating with TAFE NSW and Training Services NSW to offer the fee-free Warrumbungle Drought-Relief Program, supporting those who have been impacted by the recent drought. 

“With the region coming out the other end of a severe drought some of our farming and other local businesses are facing substantial income loss and even closure,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “It is evident that it is going to take some time for this industry to get back on its feet, so a program like the Warrumbungle Drought-Relief Program is the perfect opportunity, providing a pathway to alternative income sources.”

“This program will offer fully-subsidised courses to those community members who have been impacted by the drought across the Warrumbungle Shire. The courses are particularly timely and valuable for anyone hoping to gain work for upcoming large projects coming to the region and recently funded Council projects,” said Cr Todd. 

“Council has been collaborating with TAFE NSW for some time and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer this exclusive program to Warrumbungle residents,” said Cr Todd. 

The courses will be commencing in October 2020 and will be offered at TAFE NSW Coonabarabran and Dunedoo. Courses include a Statement of Attainment in General Induction to Construction (whitecard), Work in Confined Spaces and Work Safely at Heights, Excavator and Skidsteer, Front End Loader and Dozer, Chainsaw Operations, Excel, Word, Innovation and Continuous Improvement, and Agricultural Chemicals. 

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kate Baxter said TAFE NSW is proud to be collaborating with Warrumbungle Shire Council and Training Services NSW to assist in the drought-relief recovery effort for the region.

“TAFE NSW will provide customised training in high-demand industries such as building and construction, engineering and administration. Participants will learn in a practical, hands-on environment at TAFE NSW and will be equipped with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for,” said Ms Baxter.

“This is a great opportunity for our community members. If you are interested you must register interest with TAFE NSW and meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for the courses,” concluded Cr Todd. 

Expressions of interest for courses are now open at www.tafensw.edu.au/warrumbungle-drought-relief-program. TAFE NSW will be in contact with registered participants to confirm availability. Attendance at courses is dependent on registering interest and acceptance by TAFE NSW

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Last Updated: 09 Sep 2020