Jobs of the Future Revealed for Cootamundra Electorate

The most in-demand occupations in the Cootamundra electorate have been revealed with locals encouraged to ready themselves for the jobs boom by equipping themselves with skills and training through TAFE NSW.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the face of the region’s jobs market was changing, with early childhood educator expected to be the fastest-growing occupation over the next three years, climbing by 14.3 per cent.

“We need a workforce that will continue to underpin NSW as the nation’s leading economy, and the strongest workforce which is one that’s continually learning, upskilling, and keeping up-to-date with new technologies,” Ms Cooke said.

“TAFE NSW is helping people get the practical skills and knowledge they need for local jobs, to help turbocharge our region’s economy now and into the future.”

Other occupations expected to see rapid growth locally are teacher’s aides (11.6 per cent), beauty therapists (11 per cent), miners (10.7 per cent), and kitchenhands (10 per cent).

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens urged locals to consider how TAFE NSW could help them further their careers.

“There has never been a better time to study at TAFE NSW. The NSW Government is funding a range of fee-free courses and training programs to help people get the skills they need for the jobs they want,” Mr Henskens said.

“If you want real-world skills for a job that is in-demand, explore the range of course options available at a campus near you.”

Nadine Walker is one of many locals to fast track their career with a TAFE NSW qualification. The 40-year-old mum completed a Certificate III in Beauty Services and a Certificate III in Nail Technology and now works at Eye Spy Beauty in Cowra.

Ms Walker said she has “never enjoyed anything more” than studying at TAFE NSW and working in the beauty industry, and now plans to complete a Diploma of Beauty Therapy to further enhance her skills.

“I’m so glad that I took a chance and followed my dreams. I absolutely love my job and feel so privileged my boss gave me the opportunity of a lifetime,” Ms Walker said.

“I would certainly encourage others to study at TAFE NSW as it was a wonderful learning environment. Being hands-on and having quality face-to-face support really encouraged me to succeed. TAFE NSW training changes lives and mine is a good story and lesson to learn from.”

For more information about TAFE NSW courses, phone 13 16 01 or visit

Locals Encouraged to Build Skills During Pandemic

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, is encouraging locals to take advantage of new fee-free TAFE NSW courses to build their skills during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental health, digital security, business administration and construction industry skill sets are just some of the 10 COVID rapid response courses on offer to people through the lockdown.

Ms Cooke said the free training had come at the right time.

“Training will be delivered through either online, self-paced learning or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which means people can upskill from their own home, with the confidence they are completing high quality, accredited TAFE training,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is a great opportunity for members of our community to pursue further training pathways to get a head-start towards a full qualification should they wish to continue studying down the track.”

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the fee-free training in employment growth areas was just one of the ways the NSW Government was supporting the community through the lockdown.

“Whether you are in lockdown in Greater Sydney, or in a regional community, I urge NSW residents to take advantage of the free training options available that will help build the skills needed to get a head start in a post-COVID economy,” Mr Lee said.

“TAFE NSW is committed to helping the people of NSW to grow their skills in a COVID-safe way.

The short courses are in addition to the hundreds of NSW Government fee-free training already available for those who meet eligibility criteria, such as Mature Aged Workers Scholarships, Women in Business, and the JobTrainer program.

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, aged 15 years or older, no longer at school and living or working in NSW you may be eligible for the COVID rapid response courses.

The 10 fee-free short courses include:

  • Reading plans for builders
  • Construction materials and work, health and safety
  • Digital security basics
  • Medical terminology
  • Business administration skills
  • Business skills for supervisors
  • Producing documents and spreadsheets
  • Food handling
  • Mental health
  • Alcohol and other drug work

For more information and to see if you are eligible, visit or call 131 601.