Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    New training opportunities for Pilbara youth

    4/07/2012 12:00 AM
    • State Government underlines commitment to building career pathways
    • Pilbara youth set to benefit from new training centre
    Training opportunities for youth in the Pilbara have been boosted with the official opening of the Pindan Training Centre in South Hedland.

    Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said the new training centre would provide high quality, contemporary education; training and employment facilities; and services for the community and industry in the region.

    “The Pindan Training Centre will bring together a range of local businesses and industries committed to delivering innovative, evidence-based and customised transition programs,” Mr Cowper said.

    “These programs will help meet the unique education, training and employment needs of the Pilbara, and in particular its indigenous people.”

    Pindan College’s training programs focus on building core employability and life skills to ensure students develop the confidence, resilience and aptitude to succeed in the workplace.

    “In four years Pindan College has provided transition pathways from education and training into a career for more than 150 Pilbara youth,” the Minister said.

    “Fifty students have been placed in apprenticeships or traineeships since 2007, across a range of industries in the Pilbara, and in 2010 and 2011, more than 90 per cent of Pindan College graduates secured apprenticeships.

    “The new training centre is the culmination of two years’ hard work by Pindan College’s CEO Dr Nancy Rees, the board and the staff of the college.”

    The new facilities include fully air-conditioned, multi-function training rooms equipped with high speed wireless internet, a fully equipped training workshop as well as administrative facilities and meeting rooms.

         Fact File
    • Pindan College was established in 2007, with the aim of providing an alternate education pathway for youth in the Pilbara, enabling them to go from school to the workforce and into a career http://www.pindancollege.wa.edu.au/

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