Students at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Carlisle campus are the first to benefit from the State Government’s $25 million investment in new state of the art equipment being rolled out across Western Australia’s TAFE network.
Automotive refinishing and industrial coating students, who had been learning on ageing equipment, will now train using state of the art large high-tech spray painting booths that meet industry standards and Australian requirements. The new equipment includes:
- three full down draft spray booths;
- one semi-down draft spray booth;
- a paint mixing room;
- two gun cleaning stations; and
- four preparation bays.
Upgrades and additions have also been made to the TAFE's extraction systems, including installation of a new filter wall, new breathing apparatuses and new hose reels.
The project has been funded through the Training Equipment Refresher Program – a four-year program to upgrade and modernise equipment to contemporary industry standards. All five TAFE colleges are receiving new equipment as part of the program to support training demand and emerging industry training needs — helping students, apprentices and trainees to become more job ready.
The State Government's highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has contributed to substantial growth in TAFE enrolments, with a record of more than 150,000 publicly funded course enrolments reported in 2021. There have been more than 51,300 publicly funded enrolments across the initiative so far this year.
"This investment in state of the-art equipment will ensure those students leave TAFE work ready and equipped with skills that are desirable to employers." said Premier Mark McGowan, announcing the rollout today. "In the recent 2022—23 State Budget we are continuing to deliver more for training, with $76.5 million allocated to provide more targeted training opportunities for Western Australians to take up quality jobs.".
"This new high-tech automotive spray-painting centre at Carlisle TAFE is the only public training facility of its kind in Western Australia." added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Our $25 million investment in modern equipment for Western Australia's TAFEs will ensure that students are being trained on industry standard equipment so they are ready to start using it out in the workforce. Our highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has seen a huge uptake in vocational education and training courses, and our investment in new equipment ensures TAFE training results in highly employable graduates with skills matched to industry needs.”.