A recent spike in interest from Clarence Valley residents has led to a specialised course in Computer Aided Design (CAD) now offered at North Coast TAFE’s Maclean campus. The Pre-vocational Engineering Skillset Statement of Attainment course offers students a chance to introduce themselves to the wonders of CAD and further computer technology. The broad application and industry relevance of the course has raised the interests of many across the Clarence Valley, who are taking advantage of the current surge in confidence and business across the region. North Coast TAFE’s leader Community and Business Engagement Tania Williams advocates for not only up-skilling your current skills base but also in doing courses with wide ranging industry relevance. “All the numbers are pointing towards exciting times for many industries across the Clarence Valley,” she said. “This course is relevant across the vast majority of trade and industry sectors, making it a highly desirable capability for people across wide ranging professions.” Head teacher Wayne Day said: “Computer aided design plays its part in many disciplines including architecture, boat design and landscaping through to fashion, civil engineering and cartography. The opportunities are endless.” With the current commercial growth and confidence in the Clarence Valley, and the predicted upward trend in construction and allied industries over the coming years, North Coast TAFE is providing opportunities to fill these identified demands. “Traditionally run out of our Wollongbar campus, we recognise the growing demand for the training from the Clarence Valley and are pleased to offer it in the region,” said Mr Day. “Whilst this CAD course at Maclean TAFE was quickly filled we are interested in hearing from anyone who is keen on future offerings of this subsidised, 16-week, two nights per week course”. Please call 1300 628 233 or call in to Student Central, Maclean TAFE Campus for more information on new and upcoming opportunities at North Coast TAFE.