TAFE NSW will embark on an unprecedented recruitment drive for teachers, primarily to train students in construction industry trades.
The TAFE teachers will be employed across the state, with 40% of new teachers to be based in Western Sydney.
The Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said the NSW Government’s planned infrastructure projects is creating careers in trades, including plumbing, electrical and construction.
The construction boom across NSW will require 21,600 additional skilled construction workers over the next three years to 2021, with 10,400 new workers needed in Western Sydney alone.
A new Teacher Recruitment Taskforce will oversee the recruitment across the state.
Government-funded enrolments at TAFE NSW have increased 19 per cent for electricians and 11 per cent for carpenters and plumbers compared to April 2017.