Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Major boost for Peel building training

    9/08/2006 11:00 AM

    Australia’s fastest-growing area for regional development is to attain the service needed to meet the demand for jobs in the construction industry.

    Peel Minister Norm Marlborough said the key elements of the Peel Development Commission, the construction industry and Challenger TAFE, had successfully been brought together to establish the second stage of a multi-faceted construction complex designed exclusively to meet the growing demands of industry.

    “There seems to be no end to the growth that is occurring in the Peel region, with a wave of people being attracted to the magnificent environment and lifestyle on offer,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The Carpenter Government has committed $100,000 to expand the wet trades facility at Challenger TAFE’s Peel Campus, which already has pre-apprenticeship courses in wall and ceiling plastering well under way.

    “The young people of Peel have a great opportunity to be part of Western Australia’s boom in industry which is not only exciting but creates great career opportunities,” the Minister said.

    Mr Marlborough said with the Perth-to-Mandurah rail line to hit Mandurah in 2007 and the Peel Deviation freeway extension soon after, development in Peel was expected to really hit its straps in the next 12 months.

    “This is an exciting time for many industries in WA, including the construction industry - and young people need to know that it is a secure industry which now allows them to complete an apprenticeship in two years,” he said.

    “No other State in Australia is able to provide such outcomes.

    “Under the new school-based apprenticeship program, all these apprenticeships can be started while students are attending year 11 and 12 high school.”

    The Minister said any young person looking to their future beyond school needed to understand that this was where the Carpenter Government was placing its education priorities.

    “Now is the time to take up the opportunity to be part of our boom by acquiring much needed skills which are in major demand - a demand that I can only see as growing in this region in the future,” he said.

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