- Pilbara students can now access training close to home
- Apprentices will no longer have to travel to Perth for block training in response to feedback from industry
- McGowan Government continues to work with industry to train Western Australians in areas of demand
Aspiring heavy diesel mechanics in the Pilbara can now become qualified locally, with the introduction of heavy vehicle mechanical training at North Regional TAFE's South Hedland campus.
Heavy diesel apprentices can now undertake their block training in a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology at North Regional TAFE's recommissioned South Hedland campus, which has been transformed into a specialist heavy vehicle and engineering trades facility.
It will save students having to travel to Perth for their training and follows extensive consultation with local employers and industry.
Automotive lecturer Billy Muller from the South Hedland campus will lead the delivery of the heavy vehicle training.
The consultation revealed a need to provide additional trade training services and greater opportunities to local residents in Hedland and surrounding communities - an initiative supported by local industry as a result of the Pilbara Collaboration Charter.
The introduction of the new qualification will be complemented by the commencement of light vehicle apprenticeship training in South Hedland, through the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology.
Director of local company J and S Truck and Machinery, James Herbert has taken advantage of the opportunity by registering an apprentice for the first block of training, which is scheduled to commence in September.
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"This is an exciting opportunity for both apprentices and employers in the Pilbara who will no longer have to travel long distances to get top quality training and gain their qualifications.
"Offering this training in South Hedland is a direct result of industry consultation.
"This is another great example of the Government working with industry to deliver quality training for Western Australians in areas of industry demand.
"We're setting up Western Australians to take on the jobs by giving them the skills we know employers are looking for."
Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:
"Apprentices currently need to travel to Perth for their block training, which means being away from their home and family for extended periods of time.
"The McGowan Government understands the need for apprentices to complete their training close to home.
"This opportunity will secure local jobs for upcoming local projects in our Pilbara."
Comments attributed to J and S Truck and Machinery Director James Herbert:
"Currently we have to fly our apprentices to Perth, we have to accommodate them, and they're away from home.
"Being able to train locally is a huge benefit to us.
"Work has been really busy over the past six months to a year, and we really need to be putting through apprentices. This arrangement supports that."
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