There will soon be more options for those looking to study at TAFE, with the educational body introducing a Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice in Newcastle.
It comes in response to an increase in demand for properties in the Hunter from people looking to move from Sydney.
With the arrival of COVID-19 came dramatic and rapid changes to the way Australians live and work, with many employers quickly shifting their workforces from the office to home.
The success of this shift has motivated many businesses to make these changes more permanent.
PRD Newcastle Real Estate Agent and Manager, Russell Dawson, said the COVID-19 pandemic had sparked a new wave of enquiries from people interested in moving from Sydney to Newcastle.
He predicts the trend will grow among millennials, as capital city house prices remain high.
“People have had the time to reflect on their lifestyle and their priorities during the pandemic,” he said.
“There has been an increase in people moving out of capital cities and looking to buy property and Newcastle is within two hours of Sydney, has really good infrastructure and good NBN speeds, therefore, for many people, it’s an obvious choice.”
Mr Dawson said the move by TAFE would help meet the growing demand for agents in the region.
“We are always looking for extremely well-trained agents who are passionate about real estate in order to service our region and we look favourably upon TAFE NSW graduates because they are taught by experts who still work in the property industry,” he said.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Property Services, Phil Sallis, said the Certificate IV in Real Estate Practice had come at the right time.
“The course has been developed in consultation with real estate industry agencies because of new educational regulatory requirements to the Property and Stock Agents Act 2002,” he said.
“Students will be equipped with the practical skills and experience that they need to pursue employment opportunities in the industry in a time where skilled agents are in demand.
“Similarly to most industries, there was concern for the real estate industry when COVID-19 hit, but it has definitely shown not only resilience but growth outside of capital cities.”
Visit the TAFE NSW website for more information.