New train­ing cen­tre suits bright sparks

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The first lo­cal intake of elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tices in a spe­cialised course which pre­vi­ously would have re­quired them to study in Perth have com­pleted their first block of train­ing at Kar­ratha’s new elec­tri­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tion cen­tre.

The Kar­ratha Elec­tri­cal In­stru­men­ta­tion Cen­tre of Spe­cial­i­sa­tion opened in Novem­ber to of­fer Pil­bara stu­dents more op­por­tu­ni­ties for hands-on and ad­vanced elec­tri­cal study in their own re­gion.

Seven ap­pren­tices are un­der­tak­ing a Cer­tifi­cate III in En­gi­neer­ing — In­dus­trial Elec­tri­cian locally rather than in Perth for the first time and com­pleted their first block of on-cam­pus learn­ing ear­lier this month.

They are among more than 95 ap­pren­tices work­ing to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tions at the new cen­tre, with other cour­ses on of­fer in­clud­ing Cer­tifi­cate IV in En­gi­neer­ing — In­stru­men­ta­tion and Cer­tifi­cate II in Elec­tronic As­sem­bly.

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said the cen­tre of­fered elec­tri­cal stu­dents ac­cess to train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions not pre­vi­ously avail­able in the re­gion.

The cen­tre is funded by the State Govern­ment through the Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Depart­ment of Train­ing and Work­force Devel­op­ment, along with the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG.

Wood­side Kar­ratha Gas Plant as­set man­ager Andrew Lobb said the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project and Pluto LNG were proud to be in­volved with the cen­tre and it was al­ready hav­ing a strong im­pact.

“This new fa­cil­ity is al­ready mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant and sus­tain­able con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing train­ing out­comes,” he said.

“It will also help cre­ate a pipe­line of skilled per­son­nel.”

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion

Dale West at Kar­ratha’s elec­tri­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tion cen­tre, with Mitchell Dea­con, Jesse Lyon, Steven Wright, Dy­lan Foster-Reed, Saxon Fox-Clark, Michael Baker and Josh Mullen.

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