TAFE NSW will be offering free courses to school leavers and job seekers in the local community this summer.

Hamilton TAFE will be offering courses in hospitality and barista.

Head of Hospitality Toni Foot says this program will increase employability for school aged residents.

“The hospitality skills are transferrable to anything with customer service, including retail and business administration,” Ms Foot said.

The summer schools program is funded by the NSW government, and will be delivered both in – person and online.

“The program is particularly aimed at those in the 16 – 24 age bracket,” Ms Foot said.

“We are delivering the barista courses at Hamilton campus which is at Parry st in Newcastle West and the state in entertainment and hospitality online.”