As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Labor Government today announced a world class hospitality and tourism training centre will be built at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus. The $9.17 million centre will vastly improve the greater Peel region’s capacity to train job-ready, highly skilled chefs, front of house staff, and events management and tourism workers. The new facility, set to replace an ageing home economics-style room, will focus on training apprentice chefs and engaging local secondary students, young people and the long-term unemployed in vocational education and training.
The Mandurah TAFE hospitality and Tourism Training Centre is part of a record $167.3 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier McGowan earlier today, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. The major capital works spend, key to the State Government’s $225 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:
- $167.3 million in capital works projects across WA;
- An additional $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians;
- $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
- $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive.
Mandurah’s new state of the-art training facility will meet demand for more skilled workers and build greater youth engagement in the region by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available through the Lower fees, local skills program. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses reduced by up to 72 per cent to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.
“Skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand as the economy recovers and it’s essential that we strengthen WA’s vocational education and training sector to upskill and retrain Western Australians. This world-class training facility will support the building of a highly skilled workforce in the greater Peel region across the hospitality and tourism industries." said the Premier.