TAFE NSW's Lithgow campus is set to address the shortage of skilled computer programming and IT workers through introducing a new computer programming course.
The Certificate IV in Programming will 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.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the NSW Government was proud to support the local community by ensuring the workforce has the skills to meet the demands of such an evolving industry.
"We are committed to providing regional places like Lithgow with the opportunity to up-skill on the latest industry trends and technology taught by experienced industry professionals,"he said.
He said the course was not only aimed at those already working in the IT industry looking to improve their skills, but also those interested in starting a new career.
"IT skills are currently in demand and expected to be for some time, there will be 50 per cent of employees by 2030 in roles requiring high-level programming, coding and software design skills," he said.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the course was an ideal pathway to work or further study.
"The course can lead to in demand roles like an application programmer, mobile applications or software developer - just to name a few.
"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," he said.
The course is expected to commence in September. To find out more about the Certificate IV in Programming visit www.tafensw.edu.au phone Lithgow TAFE on 6352 0444.