To ensure a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia, and in recognition of the important role TAFE plays in skilling, reskilling and upskilling WA workers to support the State’s economic recovery, the McGowan Government has co-funded four more capital works projects to complement its record $167.4 million investment to improve TAFE college infrastructure. As part of its Revitalising TAFE Campuses Across Australia program, the Commonwealth Government allocated $4 million to expanded trades, NDIS and technology enabled training at WA’s TAFEs, and the State Government has matched the contribution.
The aim of the initiative is to upgrade vocational education infrastructure to meet industry expectations, improve training delivery to meet industry needs and address skills shortages.
The four new capital works projects include:
- $2.7 million for new technologies across all WA TAFE colleges;
- $2.5 million for projects associated with North Metropolitan TAFE’s METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland campus;
- $1.8 million for a new NDIS Simulated Training Space at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Mount Lawley campus; and
- $1 million for an agricultural machinery trade workshop at Central Regional TAFE’s Moora campus.
The projects address immediate industry training needs and will be rapidly implemented to further stimulate the building and construction industry.
The refurbished facilities will cater to the increased demand for training thanks to the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative which slashed fees to 73 priority courses. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the WA Government's Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.
WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "TAFE is essential to skilling, reskilling and upskilling Western Australians and this funding recognises the important role it plays in delivering the training industry needs and our State’s economic recovery."