The NSW Government last week announced the establishment of a TAFE Teacher Recruitment Taskforce, which will deliver two new teachers in both Cootamundra and Young.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the new frontline teaching staff showed the NSW Government was backing TAFE locally.

“These new teachers are a huge win for the electorate and will deliver education and training support to our local students to help them upskill or get a new job,” Ms Cooke said.

“We have the cutting-edge educational institutions local students need right here, you don’t need to go anywhere.

“I look forward to welcoming these new teachers to Cootamundra and Young to help meet demand.”

The Recruitment Taskforce will oversee the planned recruitment of 253 new TAFE teaching staff over the next 12 months.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the new teachers would strengthen TAFE NSW and enable it to cater for increased enrolment demand in skilled trade qualifications.

“TAFE NSW is experiencing strong enrolment demand for Government-funded trade apprenticeships with data revealing a 19 per cent increase in enrolments for electricians and an 11 per cent increase for carpenters and plumbers compared to this time last year,” Mr Marshall said.

“Regional and rural NSW will benefit greatly from this initiative, receiving 112 of the new 253 TAFE teachers.

“The NSW Government’s reforms to NSW TAFE are all about funnelling resources into frontline teaching while reducing back office duplication, and this announcement shows these efforts are paying off.”