As school leavers consider their career options for 2019, a recent study by TAFE NSW of the NSW North Coast region has forecasted exciting employment growth over the next three years in the Health, Wellbeing and Community Services industry in particular.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, MP, said the study found this sector will see employment growth of 4.4% by 2021, and of all the North Coast regions the Richmond-Tweed area is expected to experience the second-highest increase in overall employment, at 3%.

This compares to 1.7% growth predicted for Coffs Harbour-Grafton.

“Tweed residents looking to begin their career or move jobs in the next three years should enjoy a positive outlook as the region experiences strong growth,” Mr Provest said.

“Opportunities lie especially within the Health, Wellbeing and Community Services sector, due to the number of people moving into the area growing and our general population ageing. Further prospects will eventuate from the $534m Tweed Valley Hospital planned for Kingscliff, providing an opportunity to develop a health and education precinct.

“Opportunities also lie with the Tourism and Experience Services sector, as the Tweed continues to attract significant tourism, which we expect to see boosted further by projects such as the $13m Northern Rivers Rail Trail Project.

“TAFE NSW offers a range of qualifcations across industry growth areas including Aged Care, Nursing, Natural Resources, Commercial Cookery, and Hospitality – just to name a few.

“TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest education and training provider and will continue to innovate and invest in courses to meet the skills needs of the Tweed region.

“TAFE NSW delivers the skills that drive a strong economy, support vibrant communities and help individuals, enterprises and industries to adapt and thrive.

“With more than 1200 face-to-face and online courses available for 2019, and with current and future job prospects for the Tweed region looking bright, I encourage the community to visit TAFE NSW to find out how you can upskill or reskill to pursue employment opportunities.”

Members of the local community can explore course and career options by visiting the TAFE NSW InfoFest between 21 and 25 January 2019 or