Free barista skills course on offer at TAFE NSW Cowra campus

TAFE NSW Head Teacher Dianne Johnson.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher Dianne Johnson.

School leavers and jobseekers in the Central West now have access to thousands of free course places in the NSW Government funded Summer Skills, Lockdown Learning, and Job Trainer programs at TAFE NSW.

TAFE NSW is offering free training in courses aligned to meet the skills needs of businesses in NSW, such as aviation, construction, cyber security and hospitality.

For people in Cowra and the surrounds, the Statement of Attainment in Hospitality (Barista Skills) is a free Summer Skills course on offer at the Cowra campus which allows students to launch a career as a barista in the fast-paced hospitality industry.

"TAFE NSW is offering many of these courses via online learning or virtual classrooms, which means that no matter where you are located you can take up the opportunity to boost your employability and gain new skills," TAFE NSW Head Teacher Dianne Johnson said.

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"The Statement of Attainment in Hospitality (Barista Skills) is being offered at the local Cowra campus, and is a great opportunity for school leavers to learn practical and customer-focused skills.

"Students will learn how to extract espresso and texture milk according to beverage type, combine and serve a variety of espresso beverages, hygiene procedures, as well as transferrable skills such as how to multi-task and time management."

More than 46,000 hospitality jobs were advertised online in Australia in May 2021, and this November SEEK has advertised 181 tourism and hospitality jobs in Cowra and its surrounds.

TAFE NSW Managing Director Steffen Faurby said more than 20,000 people have already enrolled in fee-free Lockdown Learning courses, with almost 10,000 people studying with TAFE NSW for the first time.

"TAFE NSW has assisted thousands of people with free training to upskill themselves or their staff, enhance their job prospects, or begin retraining for a new career," Mr Faurby said.

"With HSC exams underway, Summer Skills offers school leavers free short courses to upskill over the summer months, in courses such as Medical Terminology, Design and Build a Website, and Retail Customer Service."

For more information about studying at TAFE NSW, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or phone 131 601.

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