$38.3 million Mining and Engineering centre at TAFE begins

Construction has begun at the new $38.3 million Mining and Engineering Centre for TAFE SA at Regency Park.

The building is a Greenway Architect-designed structure that has an abstract tyre tread feature wall. It will host automotive and geoscience studies.

A mechanical engineering training building is also being taken down, with Hansen Yuncken taking on the $30.4 million construction contract.

The new building will have a large sheltered area for mining industry trucks and vehicles used for training.

The new TAFE site will focus on mining, engineering, advanced manufacturing, defence and transport industries.

Alison Roberts, who has been made director of the new site, said the new centre would establish links to industry, produce demonstration projects and initiate “collaboration we might not have seen before”.

“That will be the key to this centre that it’s very, very central to the industry,” she said.

It will start with 3,000 full and part-time students, with plans to increase intake.

The courses offered were selected to allow collaboration between the industries as young people learning the trades would cross between sectors depending on growth in different industries.

“We expect to have our people prepared in a really competitive way,” Roberts said.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Grace Portolesi said the new TAFE would meet training needs of the 25,000 new workers predicted to be required by mining, engineering and allied industries over the next five years.

Programs include heavy vehicle transport and diesel mechanics, geoscience and mining, mechanical and civil engineering, surveying and spatial information services, welding and fabrication and automotive and light vehicle transport.

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