Western Australia's new advanced technology TAFE college in East Perth opens its doors for business today for the first time.
Education and Training Minister Kay Hallahan said the $19 million college would offer technological skills of world standard to WA job seekers.
The college would take enrolments today in its first courses - computer systems engineering and computer-based training.
Mrs Hallahan said the college - to be known as the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Centre - was a key part of Premier Carmen Lawrence's plan to reshape the economy, `Adding Value'.
"The centre will integrate education and training with the needs of industry to capitalise on opportunities to add value to the State's mineral, agricultural and other resource-based sectors," she said.
The Minister said students at the centre would get first-hand experience of state-of-the-art equipment, including process control and robotics facilities, micro-computers, hydraulics, radiography and digital laboratories.
An estimated 200 students were expected to enrol for the first semester.