New facilities boost training in Mid-West

Date: 03 March 2016

Durack Institute of Technology now delivers over 200 courses across the region

New facilities give greater access to education and training


New state-of-the-art health, education and community service facilities opened today at the Durack Institute of Technology will boost training opportunities across the Mid-West.

 

Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman were in Geraldton today to officially open the $16.72 million project, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

 

Mrs Harvey said the new infrastructure included an Aboriginal Learning Centre designed to increase participation of Aboriginal people in vocational education and training programs and a hair, beauty and massage training centre.

 

"These new facilities will provide Durack Institute with the capacity to service the training needs of the rapidly growing health and community services sectors in the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions," she said.

 

"They will service the health, community services, aged care and personal services industries with a focus on meeting current and future workforce development needs, including the training needs of Aboriginal people. This new infrastructure will enable Durack Institute to provide the skilled workers needed by industry."

 

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facilities included two simulated wards for nursing, community services counselling facilities, industry-standard childcare facilities and state-of-the-art teaching areas.

 

"This investment will provide local residents with greater access to specialist education and training opportunities within the region," Mr Redman said.

 

"A skilled workforce is integral to regional Western Australia's economic sustainability and I am pleased Royalties for Regions is creating wider social benefits in regional communities."

 

Fact File

  • Durack Institute of Technology delivers more than 200 courses from six campuses throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions
  • The $16.72 million project was made possible with $15.02 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and $1.7 million from the Department of Training and Workforce Development
  • Royalties for Regions has invested more than $110 million through the Skills Training Initiative to improve access to trade training in regional WA 

 

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

Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

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