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TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kate Baxter, has encouraged local
job seekers to consider a career in the pharmacy industry.
According to Australian Government research, the employment job
growth in the pharmacy industry across the country has been strong
over the past five years and is expected to continue to grow over the
next five years, with approximately 13,000 new job openings.
TAFE NSW research also suggests that the health, wellbeing and
community services sector is forecast to have the largest employment
increase at 4% in comparison to other industries between 2018 and
2021. Growth in the industry will be driven by an ageing population
and demand for services in remote areas across the New England and
Ms Baxter said that the TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre in
Quirindi is now offering courses in community pharmacy to cater to
“Year 12 Quirindi High School student, Josh Redgrove is taking
advantage of this growing industry in a predominately female dominated
area by undertaking a school-based traineeship at Quirindi Pharmacy
and Emporium and studying at TAFE NSW.
“By studying a Certificate II in Community Pharmacy at TAFE NSW while
Josh is still at school, it will enable him to have a qualification
when he finishes school and provides a clear pathway to further study
for a career in pharmacy.
“Josh is the perfect example of someone wanting to get qualified
faster to be in a career he loves,” Ms Baxter said.
Josh said he initially worked casually at the Quirindi Pharmacy,
which led to him being offered a school based traineeship.
“Studying at TAFE NSW has allowed me to broaden my skills in customer
service, develop an understanding of products to meet customer needs,
questions to ask customers and WHS procedures that I can use in my
role at the pharmacy.
“Once I finish school, I plan on studying a Certificate III in
Community Pharmacy, a Certificate IV in Retail Management and a
Bachelor in Business Management at TAFE NSW which will set me up with
the skills to manage a pharmacy,” Josh said.
TAFE NSW has a range of courses available for Semester 1 enrolment at
the TAFE NSW Quirindi Connected Learning Centre. Visit www.tafensw.edu.au or
phone 131 601 for more information.
Media contact: Emma Curtis, TAFE NSW Media Officer, (02) 6338
2509, mobile 0427 901 515.