Glen Innes TAFE helps bridge digital divide

Rhonda Lee, Soraya Raper, Pam Whitehead and Julie Teal graduated from Glen Innes TAFE earlier this year.
Rhonda Lee, Soraya Raper, Pam Whitehead and Julie Teal graduated from Glen Innes TAFE earlier this year.

Glen Innes TAFE will offer a new computer course, offering the certificate 4 in programming.

Local MP Adam Marshall said the new certificate course would provide students with skills in the most widely-used programming languages to develop mobile and other applications, designing user interfaces and writing and testing coding. The course will also be offered in Armidale, Inverell, Boggabilla and Moree.

"Businesses in the bush are becoming more reliant on technology and needs people with specialised skills to meet the demands of evolving industries," said Member for Northern Tablelands Marshall.

Teacher Kelly Cook (front) said the Glen Innes TAFE is expanding its range of modern technology like virtual reality and simulation in its courses, along with using video conferencing to connect with other classes in other towns.

Teacher Kelly Cook (front) said the Glen Innes TAFE is expanding its range of modern technology like virtual reality and simulation in its courses, along with using video conferencing to connect with other classes in other towns.

"From broadacre farming and livestock management to manufacturing, the core industries of our electorate are now heavily reliant on technology and we need people on the ground who are able to support operators with their digital needs as they arise.

"IT skills are currently in demand and expected to be for some time, with the Regional Australia Institute suggesting a major shift in the role IT plays in many jobs, with an expected 50 per cent of employees by 2030 in roles requiring high-level programming, coding and software design skills.

"I think it's exciting the State Government is providing communities like ours with the opportunity to upskill on the latest industry trends and technology taught by experienced industry professionals."

Mr Marshall said the course was aimed at upskilling people already working in the IT sector or people interested in starting a new career.

"The course can lead to in demand roles like an application programmer, mobile applications or software developer," he said.

"Students are able to get the job-ready skills at TAFE NSW by studying a mixture of face-to-face and online through blended delivery, making it easier to maintain a work/life balance of studying when and where it suits them."