Electrical training first for campus
A new centre that will provide local training in electrical engineering in response to industry demand has been officially opened at the North Regional TAFE Karratha campus.
The $9.5 million Electrical and Instrumentation Centre of Specialisation, opened last Wednesday, will provide career pathways for leavers interested in the electrical trade, support electrical apprentices’ training, and offer advanced courses for electricians seeking to improve their skills.
Minister for Training and Workforce Development Liza Harvey said it would allow several new courses to be delivered locally, including a Certificate III in Engineering — Industrial Electrician, after industry demand for certain qualifications to be delivered in the Pilbara.
“This electro-technology training centre will provide highquality, industry-relevant training opportunities previously only available outside of the region,” she said.
The facility was mostly funded by the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities initiative, while the remaining $1.74 million was contributed by Woodside, which will train its apprentices at the centre.
Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman said boosting local training opportunities in regional WA was a key part of making its towns more appealing to live and work in.
“The local workforce will have increased access to trade and posttrade training to address the needs of the Pilbara’s growing engineering industry, which meets the priorities of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint,” he said.
“This Royalties for Regions investment will help create opportunities to reinforce employment prospects and strengthen the regional economy.” The electrical centre will be fitted with modern equipment such as interactive computer-based training aids, training rigs and instruments, allowing the campus to expand into offering training in associated areas such as electronics, communications and renewable energy.
North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland is planned to support the centre as a feeder facility once its construction is complete.