More training opportunities in Great Southern

Date: 02 March 2016

Significant infrastructure brings greater training options to Great Southern

New learning centre in Albany and training campus in Mount Barker

A new $1.25 million learning resource centre in Albany and a training campus in Mount Barker officially opened today will provide Great Southern students with contemporary study and research facilities.


Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey was in Albany to open the Great Southern Institute of Technology's new Mount Barker campus as well as a refurbished Learning Resource Centre at the institute's Albany campus.


Ms Harvey said the modern facilities, provided by the State Government, had been welcomed by staff and students.


"The learning centre will allow the institute to ensure we develop people with the appropriate level of skills and qualifications to meet the local demands of industry," she said.


"With industry-standard training and a contemporary learning environment, the institute enables students to gain skills for higher-level training and to become competitive in the workforce."


Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Learning Resource Centre was built with savings achieved from the purpose-built $5.76 million Health Sciences and Community Services teaching block, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.


"The Learning Resource Centre will provide online learning and library services for students and support the delivery of health science courses at the institute," Mr Redman said.


"Royalties for Regions is creating contemporary and professional training facilities to upskill our regional workforce and build regional Western Australia's economic and social sustainability."


The Mount Barker campus has been relocated to the first floor of the town's Community Resource Centre, providing students with access to a broad range of services operating out of the centre.


Fact File

  • The Government's Royalties for Regions program has invested more than $110 million through the Skills Training Initiative to improve access to trade training in regional WA
  • The Health Sciences and Community Services teaching block was completed in October 2014
  • The $1.25 million Learning Resource Centre was made possible with a $450,000 investment from Royalties for Regions, $300,000 from the Department of Training and Workforce Development and $500,000 from the institute 


Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900

Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

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