The NSW Government has announced an additional 3000 training places for people across NSW to skill up at home during lockdown.

An extra 60 short courses are now on offer to study for free.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the announcement is welcome news from TAFE NSW.

“I encourage you to have look at what is there, courses include but are not limited to business skills, mental health, marketing, finance and IT – which is just a few.

“There has never been a more crucial time to upskill or reskill to prepare for the future,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the courses are an expansion of the 10 free skillsets recently announced by TAFE NSW.

“We know there is great demand for training at the moment, which is why we have added additional free courses and more training places so people can come out of lockdown with skills they can take with them into the workplace,” Mr Lee said.

“The free courses are available to anyone across the State who is unable to work due to public health orders.”

“We have specifically targeted those LGA’s and suburbs in lockdown and are working with local communities and industry to understand what skills are in demand and where shortages exist.”

Training will be funded through the JobTrainer program, which has already seen more than 120,000 people in NSW skill up since it was announced in October last year.

For more information and to see full eligibility, please visit: https://education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw/skills-initiatives/skill-up-from-home