Industry partners with TAFE to create career opportunities in mining

New pre-apprenticeship program for Karratha students in 2020.

An initiative between the McGowan Government and the Western Australian resources sector will enable Karratha students to complete a pre-apprenticeship course from 2020, with the opportunity for future employment in the mining sector. From next year, year 11 students from Karratha Senior High School will be able to obtain a Certificate II pre-apprenticeship qualification in Electrotechnology Electrician or Engineering Mechanical Trade at North Regional TAFE.

The two-year program will require Karratha Senior High School students to attend TAFE on a full-time basis during Term 4 of Year 11 and Term 1 of Year 12. The program will meet the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education. "These trades will address local industry needs and encourage the employment of apprentices by local employers, and bridge the gap between training and employment." Said Premier Mark McGowan.

This new program is part of the Pilbara Collaboration Charter, an initiative between the State Government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia and collaboration partners BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara, which was developed in response to the Premier's request for industry and Government to work together to deliver further social and economic benefits to the Pilbara region. These resources companies have committed to interview the students who complete these pre-apprenticeship courses with North Regional TAFE.

"This pre-apprenticeship program is about helping to ensure a pipeline of skilled local workers. The labour market review for the Pilbara highlighted that mechanical engineers and electricians were occupations that were difficult to fill locally.” Said Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "Extensive consultation undertaken by North Regional TAFE with employers in the region revealed the need to provide additional trade training services and greater opportunities for local residents. This program is designed to encourage young people in the Pilbara to consider trade-related employment opportunities."

Students in an underground mine