Trades Trained By TAFE Are In Demand As Construction Industry Booms – News Of The Area

WorldSkills TAFE NSW Silver Medalist Hugh Davey studying a Certificate IV in Plumbing at Coffs Harbor Campus.

Hugh Davey, TAFE NSW Commerce student from Coffs Harbour, encourages people to contact TAFE to talk about training options as he completes his studies and transitions into work as a plumber.

The Australian construction industry continues to thrive after a record year for home builds in 2021 and trades of all skill sets are in demand.

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Housing Industry Association (HIA) Chief Apprentice Chief Executive, Russell Holtham, said TAFE NSW plays a vital role in training HIA apprentices in the home building trades in NSW.

“Vocational training is an essential entry point into the construction industry.

“TAFE NSW provides students with an invaluable combination of theory and practical experience, which, combined with HIA’s learning offer, means graduates are ready to go.”

Hugh Davey, a TAFE NSW Coffs Harbor graduate and WorldSkills competitor, is studying a Certificate IV in plumbing and said he got a job very quickly at T Williams Plumbing which serves the Coffs coast.

Hugh told News Of The Area: “The course was extremely valuable; TAFE NSW teachers had real industry experience to pass on as they had all worked in the construction industry themselves.

“The teachers at TAFE NSW gave me a bird’s eye view of the future of the industry and it’s that kind of foundational knowledge you need to build a truly successful career.

“The construction industry is booming right now which is great for people interested in getting into the industry.

“Plumbing is a really reliable profession, and every day is different, which is why I encourage people to contact TAFE NSW to discuss the options.”

Peter Scollard, TAFE Team Leader of Building, Industry and Resource Services, said that as NSW’s leading provider of vocational education and training, TAFE NSW was uniquely placed to equip students practical skills they need to develop successful careers.

“There are so many opportunities to make a difference in a rewarding career in construction, and our skills-based courses allow students to get started in local industries and continue to live and work in the regions,” Peter said.

“Many construction sectors across New South Wales are experiencing job growth, so there is currently a wide range of careers to choose from.”

The growing demand for trades in Australia is unlikely to end anytime soon, as the ongoing boom in home building and renovation keeps skilled tradespeople like plumbers, carpenters, electricians and builders in demand for their work.

For more information on the range of construction industry courses available at TAFE NSW or through TAFE Digital, visit or phone 131 601.