The State Government has announced it will build two specialist training facilities in the Pilbara to meet growing demand for health workers and electrical engineers in the region.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman said the new centres, worth a total of $18.1million, were funded through the Royalties for Regions Pilbara Education Partnership Fund and would be built at Pilbara Institute campuses.
Mr Redman said a Health and Allied Services Training Centre at the Pundulmurra campus in South Hedland would provide increased opportunities in health and nursing for Aboriginal people.
The centre, with support from Curtin University, will allow existing programs in enrolled nursing to be expanded within a modern health training facility.
An Electrical/Instrumentation Centre of Specialisation at Pilbara Institute’s Karratha campus is a joint project with mining giant Woodside, which will send future apprentices to the facility.
“As the Pilbara continues to expand and the need for skilled workers increases, the centres will provide high quality, up-to-date training opportunities previously only available outside of the region,” Mr Redman said.
“These new projects will provide first class and relevant facilities in the Pilbara that will provide increased training and employment opportunities.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the training facilities would encourage young people to stay in the Pilbara and would attract future workers to the region.
“These training centres are crucial for local businesses in the Pilbara and are a key part of our Pilbara Cities vision,” he said.
“We are developing sustainable communities where people want to live, learn and work.”
The new electrical/instrumentation centre will support training for electrical apprentices, higher level courses for qualified electricians who require specialist skills development and electrical trade career pathways for school leavers.
Pilbara Institute has experienced a 24% increase in student enrolments for enrolled nursing since 2008
The Pilbara Institute contributed $2million towards the Health and Allied Services Training Centre
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