Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray today opened Stage 1 of major upgrades to South Regional TAFE's Collie campus. Local architect Kent Lyon and local builder Smith Constructions were engaged to complete Stage 1 which includes a fully refurbished main administration and teaching block to deliver essential training, including aged care, to the region.The opening of the new facilities coincided with the launch of a new pilot program that will deliver advanced skills to truck drivers to increase productivity and industry safety.
The Stage 2 upgrade will see a new training space created from the full refurbishment of two classrooms, bathrooms and student breakout spaces, with new furniture and IT equipment included. It is anticipated Stage 2 will be underway before the end of the year and will be completed early in 2021 at an estimated $0.5 million.
The new Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set, endorsed by the Western Roads Federation, was developed following considerable industry consultation and will fill key skills gaps for this essential service. The five-week course has been developed to support workers and businesses and gives drivers the end-to-end skills needed in their workplace and help jobseekers increase their employability.
The course will also give participants eight units of competency from the Certificate III in Driving Operations and a leg up to complete the full qualification. South Regional TAFE is working in partnership with Keens Truck Driver Training to deliver the new program.
The Western Road Federation will work with its industry partners to ensure course participants have at least one interview with an industry employer within a month of completing the program.
The pilot course will commence in July using the newly upgraded facilities and will move to a dedicated training space to be constructed as part of Collie's Stage 2 upgrade.
Full details about the new course, and how to enrol, will be available on our website later this week.