Casino’s newly appointed and highly experienced TAFE NSW Fashion
Design Teacher, Jacqueline Damon, is encouraging others to consider a
career in fashion design as newly released figures reveal a high
demand for skilled creative designers in the Northern Rivers.
According to research by Australia’s leading training provider, TAFE
NSW, the Northern Rivers ranks the highest creative industries cluster
in NSW behind Sydney, with around 8,960 workers employed in this
industry. The Australian Government Job Outlook also suggests there
are likely to be around 4,000 job openings for fashion, industrial and
jewellery designers over the next five years Australia-wide.
Now is the perfect time to be turning your rough sketches into a
reality by studying a Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and
Technology at TAFE NSW Casino.
Ms Damon, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the fashion
design industry, said she was excited to be working with TAFE NSW
students to encourage them to embrace their skills with the latest
“Fashion design is such a fascinating and complex industry as it
combines different skills and techniques,” Ms Damon said.
“I’m so humbled to be taking over from previous teacher and industry
leader, Jean Ward, who was instrumental in setting up the fashion
design course 30 years ago at TAFE NSW Casino and shared her love of
fashion with students.
“It’s fantastic to have a TAFE NSW course in Casino which is
accessible to those in the Northern Rivers as many regional areas have
to travel to metropolitan areas to study their passion
“Fashion design is really thriving in the region. You only have to
walk through Byron Bay or Bangalow to see the number of boutiques that
are opening up with the latest fashion designs, who are not only
selling locally but also world-wide.
“Students will learn foundational skills in design which will allow
them to decide whether a career in design is suited to them. The
course will also provide a pathway to studying a Certificate III in
Applied Fashion Design and Technology two days per week at TAFE NSW Casino.
“The Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology caters
to all abilities, covering a broad range of design and make skills
that are imperative in the industry. It will also give students the
confidence and the hands-on job-ready skills to apply for entry-level
roles at fashion design labels or create their own designs to sell.”
To find out more about fashion design courses available at TAFE NSW,
visit www.tafensw.edu.au or
phone 131 601 for more information.
Media contact: Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW Media &
Communications Business Partner, 4923 7784 or 0407 450 860.