South Regional TAFE's new campus to boost training in the region
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited South Regional TAFE in Esperance today to officially open the new $18.69 million campus.
The new facilities will be a major boost for the region, offering industry-ready training to the Esperance community. The new buildings include three trade workshops for training in construction, metal engineering and auto/machinery industries, as well as specialist facilities for childcare and aged and disability care.
Strategically located adjacent to Esperance Senior High School, the new campus will provide easy access for secondary students completing vocational education and training (VET) in school programs.
In the replacement of the 35-year-old former campus, approximately 200 full time jobs were created during construction, which was completed by Western Australia's EMCO Building. Local Aboriginal organisation Tjaltjraak was consulted throughout the design process and was instrumental in identifying training needs, areas of cultural significance and landscape design, as well as being involved in providing public art.
The project was supported by a $10 million Royalties for Regions contribution.
Speaking at today's opening, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "South Regional TAFE's new Esperance campus will offer a wider range of high quality training opportunities and encourage more people into VET. It is vital that people living in our regions can train locally, and now Esperance locals will be able to hone their skills in modern, first-class facilities."