$4.7m skills centre provides new opportunities

Date: 23 October 2015

Purpose-built facility provides new training opportunities
$4.7 million investment through Royalties for Regions


The State Government has increased local employment opportunities with the opening of a new skills centre at Pilbara Institute, which will improve access to specialised industry training.

 

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the purpose-built centre was designed to meet the need for general industry training, including high risk licence training for site-specific permits and safety awareness.

 

"The centre provides training with high quality equipment and courses that can be customised to suit industry and student needs," Mrs Harvey said.

 

"It is used to deliver both entry level and industry specific training, preparing local workers for employment on construction projects.  Previously, there was no other option for entry level training in the Pilbara for high risk work licences."

 

The facility was made possible with an investment of $4.7 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions' $110.5 million Skills Training Initiative.

 

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a skilled workforce was integral to building Western Australia's economic strength.

 

"The new skills training centre is an important asset to the Pilbara that will assist in up-skilling the local community to capitalise on projected employment growth in the region," Mr Redman said.

 

"Training is a vital pathway to employment and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions creating opportunities to reinforce employment prospects for people to live and work in the regions."

 

The building includes two classrooms and a large undercover training area, as well as new office and student spaces. It is also equipped for night classes.

 

New equipment and facilities have been provided to deliver courses in areas such as security and safety, working at heights, dogging, rigging and confined space, as well as white card and other high risk training.

 

Fact File

  • Pilbara Institute is the largest training provider in the State's North-West region
  • For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions

 

Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900

Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

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