Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    New era in training for Esperance community

    18/07/2012 12:00 AM
    • Another step in State Government’s strategy to transform training sector 
    • Improved opportunities to access training in occupations where there is need
    An exciting new era in training has arrived with Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper today launching the Goldfields Institute of Technology Esperance Region campus.

    Formerly known as the Vocational Training and Education Centre, the institute has become an independent State Training Provider and a statutory authority in its own right.

    Mr Cowper said the transfer was another step in the State Government’s strategy to transform Western Australia’s training sector.

    “A thriving community like the Esperance region needs excellent training facilities to enable a skilled workforce and a growing economy,” he said. 

    “The Esperance Region campus now has a new name and a new identity coupled with greater autonomy and flexibility.

    “This will allow it to become more innovative and competitive in the training marketplace and responsive to industry needs.

    “The institute will continue to raise the status of training in the region and provide improved opportunities for the community to access training and employment in occupations so desperately needed by local industry such as transport, farming and tourism.”

    The Minister said as a result of recommendations from the community, the name Esperance Region would be used as a sub brand to reflect the unique attributes of the area.

    The Esperance campus will be further identified with the sub brand colour blue, symbolic of the pristine coastline for which Esperance is famous.

          Fact File
    • Goldfields Institute of Technology Esperance Region will take direction from a Governing Council led by chairman David Nicholson and made up of key people in the region including educational, industry and community leaders such as Grant Shipp, CEO Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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