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With employment opportunities in the aged care industry expected to grow strongly over the next five yearsi, there is no better time for job seekers to be considering a rewarding career caring and providing quality of life for the ageing population.

Coonabarabran resident, David Brennan, is taking full advantage of new employment opportunities in the aged care industry and the TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre. After completing a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing), David is now working at Cooinda Coonabarabran as a support worker.

“Having a son with autism made me want to focus my efforts in helping people in similar situations,” Mr Brennan said.

“Studying at TAFE NSW has brought a sense of meaning and purpose to my life and the teachers were really flexible and supportive along the way.

“Thanks to TAFE NSW, I’ve been able to broaden my communication skills, learn day-to-day activities for residents to keep them active and engaged, work, health and safety and much more.

“I’m really enjoying putting my practical skills and work experience into practice in my role at Cooinda and I also plan to continue my studies in disability services at TAFE NSW Coonabarabran in the near future.

General Manager at Cooinda Coonabarabran, Leanne Redfern, said David was proving to be a great asset to the organization.

“David attended work placement at Cooinda during his training with TAFE NSW and impressed us with his compassion and willingness to learn that we offered him employment. 

“David has progressed in a very short time to now working night shifts in a wing where he provides care to 37 residents. David is to be commended for his achievements in the aged care industry.”

McCrindle research suggestsii, that in the next 30 years there will be 1.2 million more people aged over 85 than there are today, and the average older Australian will live 5 years longer than today which equates to adding 6 million more years of care just for the increased number of people over 85 and to manage their increased life expectancy.

To find out more about aged care and community services courses available for semester one enrolment at the TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre in Coonabarabran visit or phone 131 601 for more information.

Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338 2509, mobile 0427 901 515.