New course a coup for Corowa

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

For the first time, Corowa res­i­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to en­rol in a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Ac­count­ing and Book­keep­ing at TAFE NSW Corowa, in a move aimed at help­ing ad­dress the ac­coun­tancy skills short­age in re­gional ar­eas.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke said the in­tro­duc­tion of the course was a boom for the town.

“It’s ter­rific to see that lo­cal Corowa re­gion res­i­dents can now have ac­cess to more and more cour­ses at the TAFE NSW Corowa Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre,” Cr Bourke said.

“The ad­di­tion of the Cer­tifi­cate IV in Ac­count­ing and Book­keep­ing is a great move to of­fer school leavers, and oth­ers chang­ing ca­reers or ad­vanc­ing their skills, the chance to study lo­cally in stud­ies that will help them gain work in lo­cal busi­nesses.”

A 2017 re­port from the Fed­eral Depart­ment of Jobs and Small Busi­ness found em­ploy­ers in re­gional ar­eas were able to fill only 56 per cent of ac­coun­tancy roles ad­ver­tised.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly ex­cited be­cause I know how crit­i­cal it is to con­sis­tently of­fer train­ing in ar­eas of high in­dus­try de­mand such as ac­count­ing, es­pe­cially in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Aplin said.

“The Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre is a game changer. The NSW Gov­ern­ment is ex­pand­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties lo­cally through this multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment in Corowa that will sup­port lo­cal in­dus­try.”

The TAFE NSW Corowa CLC has more than tripled the num­ber of cour­ses avail­able to stu­dents, Mr Aplin said.

He said the key to such an ex­panded course of­fer­ing lay in the CLCs’ abil­ity to con­nect stu­dents from mul­ti­ple TAFE NSW sites to form a “crit­i­cal mass”.

“The CLC will en­able stu­dents in Corowa to join class­mates in De­niliquin, Nar­ran­dera, Gren­fell or even Glen Innes.” Mr Aplin said.

“I’m pleased to be part of a gov­ern­ment that is sup­port­ing re­gional towns to grow their own work­force through qual­ity train­ing with TAFE NSW.”

Andrew Holmes, part­ner at Corowa’s largest ac­coun­tancy firm, Ki­lara Group, said the new ac­coun­tancy and book­keep­ing course would bet­ter en­able the com­mu­nity to “grow its own”.

“Ac­cess­ing lo­cal train­ing is one of the big­gest ob­sta­cles for us; stu­dents here have had to go to Al­bury or Wan­garatta to study ac­count­ing,” Mr Holmes said.

“Once they’re com­mut­ing to those cen­tres, I’ve ob­served that they are more in­clined to get a job there.

“It’s made it very hard for us to at­tract and re­tain peo­ple and we’ve had to look out of town, with vary­ing lev­els of suc­cess.

“We pre­fer lo­cal peo­ple be­cause they’re more likely to stay and they un­der­stand the com­mu­nity and ap­pre­ci­ate the life­style.

“The new TAFE NSW CLC will al­low lo­cals to be trained lo­cally and that’s great for us.”

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin and lo­cal in­dus­try lead­ers have wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of a new ac­coun­tancy course in Corowa as part of a range of high-de­mand cour­ses avail­able through the new TAFE NSW Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre (CLC). Michael Cor­boy has come a long way since his pri­mary school days in Mul­wala. The 53-yearold is cur­rently a NSW As­sis­tant Po­lice Com­mis­sioner.

All of a much younger Michael’s pri­mary school­ing ed­u­ca­tion was at Mul­wala Pub­lic School, all his sec­ondary school­ing was at Corowa High School and his first em­ploy­ment was in a bank in Corowa.

But just be­fore turn­ing 21-years-of-age, the

2019 Fed­er­a­tion Din­ner guest speaker, NSW Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Michael Cor­boy.

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