Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    TAFE investment to boost trades training in the Great Southern

    6/08/2020 12:30 PM
    • $17 million for new trades workshop at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus
    • Replacement of 50-year-old workshops to meet industry workforce needs 
    • Project will improve training for automotive, metals and engineering, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery industries in the Great Southern
    • New facilities will produce job-ready students to meet local workforce needs  

    As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs Plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in Albany today to announce $17 million for new trades training workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus.


    Outdated workshops will be replaced with contemporary facilities to ensure people in the Great Southern have access to high-quality training to meet the demands of the local industry.


    The project will consolidate trades training to one area of the campus, which will improve training outcomes so students graduate job-ready for local employment opportunities. 


    The Albany campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded.


    As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional Western Australia, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges.


    The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.


    The new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options.


    The State Government has recently increased the number of half price courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses with fees slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19.


    The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This is all part of our plan to drive WA's economic and social recovery, by creating a pipeline of local jobs through investment in infrastructure projects and support of vital industries.


    "Investing in training in regional areas will ensure we are well positioned to bounce back as the WA economy recovers."


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "The delivery of state-of-the-art infrastructure to South Regional TAFE's Albany campus will ensure students are job-ready and able to meet local workforce needs.


    "Through this record investment in TAFE colleges and reducing course fees we are giving Western Australians access to affordable training, laying the groundwork for the ongoing prosperity of the region." 


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700