Elec­tri­cal train­ing first for cam­pus

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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