Thousands of highly trained oil and gas workers are expected to graduate from a new $21million training facility over the coming years, opened today in Henderson by the Federal and State Governments.
Education Minister Mark McGowan said the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) was an Australian first, which gave ongoing benefits to all of Australia’s key industries.
ACEPT will provide world-class training for the oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing industries, creating a highly-trained workforce to meet rapid growth in these industry sectors.
Mr McGowan said the facility combined TAFEWA providers and private sector interests to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for the training needs of industry.
“ACEPT links directly with companies in the oil and gas, and chemical and minerals production industries, so these companies can send their staff for training at the new centre, in addition to the many traineeship programs already available,” the Minister said.
“With the demand for resources and minerals personnel at a high, the development of ACEPT is critically important for the future of the oil and gas, and chemicals and mineral production industries.”
There are 250 students currently enrolled at ACEPT and it is expected that about 2,500 students a year will go through the centre in the near future.
ACEPT was also expected to play a role in delivering training for defence industries based nearby.
The centre forms part of Challenger TAFE and is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($13million), the WA Government ($6million) and industry ($2million).
Industry and Enterprise Minister and Cockburn MLA Francis Logan said key industry contributors to the Centre were Woodside, Chevron, Honeywell, Process Group and Apache Energy.
“Industry has wholeheartedly embraced ACEPT by providing financial assistance, equipment and advice to ensure training meets the current skills needs,” Mr Logan said.
“All companies that are members of the Australian Petroleum, Production and Exploration Association are preparing to send students to the centre, which is a fantastic endorsement.”
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