Mandurah is to get the next centre for excellence in hospitality and tourism training to meet the high demand for skilled workers in the region.
Norm Marlborough, representing the Minister for Education and Training, today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Mandurah, Mirvac Fini and Challenger TAFE which will ensure a world-class training facility is established as part of the Mandurah Peninsula Hotel redevelopment.
“The Peel region is one of the fastest growing economies in Western Australia and we need to ensure we can continue to supply a dedicated and motivated workforce,” Mr Marlborough said.
Challenger TAFE will provide local people with training to Australian standards and students will gain nationally recognised qualifications with four star work experience in the adjacent Sebel Hotel, restaurants and cafes.
“This initiative will ensure that the region’s rapidly growing hospitality and tourism industry is supported by workers with high level skills,” the Minister said.
“At the same time, this landmark agreement will create career pathways into employment by providing further training for young people living in the Peel region.
“This is a very significant collaboration bringing new opportunities for the whole community.
“It will also go a long way towards solving some of the very real skills shortage issues in the hospitality industry.”
Mr Marlborough congratulated the three parties on their vision for Mandurah.
“This is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership ensuring both young and mature age people will have access to Challenger TAFE’s high quality training,” he said.
Work on the $210million development, including the new hospitality and tourism training facility, has already begun. The project is expected to be completed mid-2008.
The Carpenter Government is committed to new jobs and better opportunities for all Western Australians.
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