New automation courses skilling WA workers for future jobs

Training leading the way in automation technology

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced on Wednesday, two new ground-breaking automation courses that will be available at South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus from Semester 2, 2019. The new automation courses will position WA workers to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities automation is expected to deliver to the industry and economy.
This is the first achievement of the Resource Industry Collaboration between the McGowan Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program. The collaboration includes Rio Tinto and other major employers, such as FMG, BHP and Komatsu, representatives from TAFE WA, Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and was created by the McGowan Government in 2018 to build the skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce.

Minister Sue Ellery and Premier Mark McGowan at the Automation Course launch at South Metro TAFE
Premier Mark McGowan at the Automation Courses launch at South Metro TAFE
Student using virtual reality mask
Premier Mark McGowan and Minister Sue Ellery chatting to students

The WA mining industry is a global leader in automation, with Rio Tinto leading the way in its adoption of autonomous trains, trucks and drills.  "This is a great example of industry working in partnership with government to ensure our training sector creates a highly skilled workforce.”, the Premier said. 

"These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia and ensure local people have the skills for the new jobs that are being created through technological innovation. They will also ensure the diversification of our economy and help Western Australians assist the mining industry well into the future."

The two new courses are:

  • Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace — this micro-credential course offers a skill set that trade qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve or upgrade their skills in automation to meet future workforce and industry needs; and
  • the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations — to be delivered as a pilot VET course for secondary students from Cecil Andrews College, Gilmore College, Baldivis Secondary College and Karratha Senior High School.

Read the full media statement here