TAFE’s $1m weld­ing win

Southern Telegraph - - FEDERAL ELECTION -

Fed­eral Labor has com­mit­ted $1 mil­lion for a new weld­ing sim­u­la­tor at the South Metropoli­tan TAFE Naval Base Cam­pus ahead of this week­end’s elec­tion.

Brand MHR Madeleine King said the equip­ment would al­low stu­dents to get spe­cial­ist skills for the ship­build­ing in­dus­try. Ms King said youth un­em­ploy­ment was a huge is­sue in the area and the in­vest­ment would be a “huge win” for those in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana look­ing to de­velop a ca­reer in ship­build­ing.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the cam­pus was opened last week, with the State Govern­ment in­vest­ing $2.4 mil­lion in the fa­cil­ity to help meet the naval ship­build­ing in­dus­try’s re­quire­ments and boost de­fence work ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Con­sol­i­dat­ing heavy fab­ri­ca­tion, ma­rine fab­ri­ca­tion, weld­ing and com­pos­ite ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing from the old Hen­der­son and Rock­ing­ham cam­puses, the cam­pus was de­signed with train­ing in ship­build­ing and de­fence work in mind.

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