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TAFE NSW helps young star gain foothold in tourism and events industry

TAFE NSW Northern Beaches

TAFE NSW helps young star gain foothold in tourism and events industry

TAFE NSW is helping school leavers kick-start their careers in the travel, events and tourism industry with credit towards their HSC.

According to data released by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, employment levels in the Events sector are projected to almost double in the next three years - from 25,900 in 2021 to 46,900 by 2025.[1]

Newport local and TAFE NSW Northern Beaches student Esme Sergi finished first in the state in the HSC Tourism, Travel and Events Examination. She studied a Certificate III in Events at TAFE NSW Northern Beaches while completing her HSC at Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus.

“I decided to study this course at TAFE NSW as I was very interested in learning the logistics of an event, and gaining real-world practical skills in tourism and travel as part of my HSC,” Esme said.

“I wanted to learn about the industry, in the hope that it will eventually help me in a future career in events management.”

Esme took on a range of volunteer roles and work experience to understand the concepts involved in working in the industry. Now that she’s finished her HSC, she’s already landed a job working at The Boathouse in wedding events. She’s continuing her studies in 2022 with the Diploma of Event Management at TAFE NSW.

“My experience of studying travel, tourism and events at TAFE NSW during year 11 and 12 was a very positive and enjoyable one.

“The teachers were all very supportive and knowledgeable, I was able to meet many new friends and I enjoyed learning both in the classroom and through practical work experience opportunities.” 

TAFE NSW Team Leader of Tourism, Travel and Events, Maryanne Metry said Esme’s state-topping result in the HSC was a testament to her commitment to excellence in the tourism and events industries.   

“Esme’s exceptional results in the HSC reflect not just her hard work and dedication, but also the quality, hands-on training TAFE NSW provides students to help them reach their career ambitions and ensure we have a skilled and capable workforce of the future,” Ms Metry said.  

“I have no doubt Esme will go on to be a great ambassador for TAFE NSW and enjoy a successful career in the events industry.”

TAFE NSW offers over 40 Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses to study as part of the HSC in areas including animal studies, plumbing, automotive, maritime operations, IT, hospitality, and fitness.

For more information about TAFE NSW VET courses, visit  or phone 131 601. 

Media contact: Alice Dalley, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,, mobile 0402 528 210.