The Western Australian Government has put $10 million towards upgrading the Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus, expanding training capacities for plant mechanics and engineers.
The tender was awarded to local builder FIRM Constructions, employing 118 people throughout construction while a range of local Aboriginal businesses and apprentices have been involved in the project.
The upgrade includes a $7 million trades workshop to support the local Goldfields’ workforce as it deals with an ongoing skills shortage.
The existing workshops on campus will receive a $1 million refurbishment, with the remaining $2 million put towards new equipment for resources sector specific training.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said this was the kind of attention the state’s resources sector needed.
“The McGowan Government is committed to improving training options in regional Western Australia,” Ellery said.
“The major upgrades to Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus will establish facilities to deliver practical, industry-focused training, training job-ready and highly skilled workers for the Goldfields region.”
A July survey found that training Australians locally was the best way to mitigate the skills shortage which sees the Western Australian resources sector needing an extra 40,000 skilled workers over the coming two years.
The TAFE rebuild will be complete in November 2022 with training to begin from Semester 1 in 2023.
Local Kalgoorlie Member Ali Kent said she saw the construction as pivotal in the region’s economic future.
“I am thrilled to see construction starting on the new trades workshop, and look forward to seeing the new building welcome students,” Kent said
“As an integral part of Western Australia’s economy, the Goldfields needs skilled workers and it is important that we are boosting learning opportunities in industries for future jobs.”
The project came as part of the State Government’s $184.3 million investment in essential infrastructure as part of its WA Recovery Plan.