From carpentry to free coffee, school leavers will have the opportunity of a hands-on experience with Maitland TAFE opening its doors this weekend.
On Saturday, the Meford-based education facility will host its Open Day for prospective students with an array of activities available.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the state government's fee-free apprenticeships and smart and skilled funded courses mean there's never been a better time to study at TAFE.
"There are more than half a million new jobs in the pipeline right now that require doing, not just knowing. Courses for nine of the ten most in-demand jobs are already being delivered by TAFE NSW," he said.
"With courses and bachelor degrees in areas such as cyber security and drone technology, and information technology, choosing TAFE NSW is an obvious choice for people looking to secure their first job, win a promotion or endeavour on a career change."
A range of activities will be on offer including information booths, counselling and career development sessions, tours and demonstrations.
Mr Lee said visitors will learn more about how studying one of over 1200 courses at TAFE can turbocharge their career.
"TAFE NSW students are in high demand because of the quality of their education and ability to hit the ground running with the job-ready skills that employers are looking for," he said.
"Open Day will provide prospective students with an invaluable opportunity to explore the innovative range of course options, meet with award winning teachers and explore the practical, hands-on facilities."
The open day will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 9am to 1pm. For more information visit events.tafensw.edu.au/open-day