Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

Gil­more Col­lege has wel­comed a new co­hort of stu­dents to un­der­take process plant op­er­a­tion train­ing at the school’s world-class Peron Train­ing Cen­tre.

This year was the first year stu­dents used the cen­tre, with in­dus­try and en­ter­prise co-or­di­na­tor Pa­trice Kil­patrick hail­ing it a suc­cess.

“The in­au­gu­ral group have been sen­sa­tional and have re­ally melded to­gether as a team,” she said.

“The lec­tures have been great and ev­ery­thing has come to­gether so beau­ti­fully.

“With the first year be­ing so suc­cess­ful, it’s just on­wards and up­wards from here.”

The cen­tre is the only fa­cil­ity — out­side of univer­sity and TAFE — cater­ing to the in­dus­trial sec­tor.

Gil­more Col­lege is work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for En­ergy and Process Train­ing lo­cated in Henderson and Honey­well with lec­tur­ers de­liv­er­ing a Cer­tifi­cate II in Process Plant Op­er­a­tions to stu­dents.

“Be­cause of the part­ner­ship with ACEPT and in­dus­try, the kids are just blos­som­ing and flour­ish­ing,” Ms Kil­patrick said.

Prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith said the train­ing and qual­i­fi­ca­tions would al­low stu­dents to go onto em­ploy­ment or fur­ther train­ing.

The cen­tre in­cludes a plant sim­u­la­tion lab­o­ra­tory, chem­istry lab­o­ra­tory and work­shop.

“It’s an area that has been iden­ti­fied as a skill or trade that’s needed now and in the fu­ture,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s one of those univer­sal trades, which you can take all over the world.”

Gil­more Col­lege also works in part­ner­ships with other schools at the fa­cil­ity.

Gil­more Col­lege wel­comed a new co­hort of stu­dents to un­der­take train­ing at the school’s world-class Process En­gi­neer­ing Cen­tre while the class of 2017 will con­tinue their stud­ies next year.

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