The NSW Government and industry are working together to help build the Hunter region's vocational education and training capability through a first-ever, industry trainer and assessor capability project.
Up to 45 people with trades-based qualifications or health and community qualifications will have the chance to be supported to make a career change to become a trainer or assessor.
Forsythes Training CEO Chad White said the Hunter faces a shortage of trainers and assessors in a range of sectors including community services, health, pathology services, nursing, construction, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, surveying, engineering, heavy and light vehicle automotive, manufacturing, IT.
Mr White said the program will provide those people with fully subsidised skill set training up front as well as the possibility of a scholarship to complete a nationally accredited Certificate lV in Training & Assessment Education (TAE40116) qualification.
The skills training will be provided by registered training organisation Forsythes Training this year. Participants will also get a practical work placement to contextualise the training.
"This program is ideal for displaced or redundant workers or skilled tradespeople looking for a new challenge," Mr White said.
"There may be people who are tired of being on the tools or looking for a new work challenge or opportunity to give back to your industry," he said.
"The growth in sectors requiring trainers and assessors means there are good employment opportunities for people with the right skills and experience."
The new program is a NSW Government and industry partnership developed by Training Services NSW, TAFE NSW, RDA Hunter, Hunter Region Employment Facilitator, Department of Defence, VERTO and Forsythes Training.
People will be able to get more details at a free information evening to be held on October 17 in Newcastle. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4922 0122 by Tuesday October 15.
More information about the program can also be obtained from Training Services NSW local office - phone 4926 7300 pr email STS.Newcastle@industry.nsw.gov.au