Apprentice numbers in the South-West are expected to rise, with the creation of new training facilities for the building and construction trades.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today visited the Bunbury campus of the South West Regional College of TAFE which is undergoing a major $3.29million upgrade funded by the State Government.
Mr McGowan said the first phase of the project was now finished and had delivered a new painting and decorating centre, a new wet trades area and an outdoor work area with sandpit, storage shed and training equipment for plumbing and gas students.
“Additional new plumbing and gas training facilities, including a workshop, classroom, workroom and storage space, are due to be finished in February next year,” he said.
“The college has already enrolled 90 plumbing and gas fitting apprentices, a figure which is expected to rise to 120 by next year when the new facilities are complete.”
South-West MLC Adele Farina welcomed the news and said the second phase of the upgrade project would include a major extension to building and construction training facilities, also due to open in February, 2009.
“The development project will not only see the completion of the new plumbing facility, but will also include a dedicated wet trades training area to incorporate all wet trades in the one facility,” Ms Farina said.
“The carpentry and joinery training area will be expanded, two flexible learning seminar rooms will be provided and there will be extra storage space for student projects.”
The upgrade would benefit the college’s current and future apprentices in plastering, wall and ceiling fixing, bricklaying, tiling, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and gas, painting and decorating trades.
“This is about training South-West people for South-West jobs,” the Minister said.
Mr McGowan said the State Government had also provided an extra $2million to the South West Regional College of TAFE to purchase new industry-relevant equipment for heavy automotive training, which would be delivered later this year.
The Minister said the upgrades and equipment were part of the State Government’s $43million package to upgrade TAFE infrastructure.
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