The significant investment in essential infrastructure upgrades across the State’s TAFE colleges is underway, with construction starting on the new training centre at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus.
Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited the college today to turn the first sod on the $16.87 million facility.
The state-of-the-art Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre will deliver practical, on-the-job training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management, providing career pathways for aspiring chefs, event managers, baristas and front-of-house staff.
Hair and beauty training facilities will also be incorporated into the new centre, skilling the next cohort of hairdressers, massage therapists and beauty therapists.
The facilities will include a student hub, two training kitchens, a production kitchen and a live works restaurant, as well as a new hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty therapy and massage.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022 and the first students using the facilities in Semester 1, 2023.
The project was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State’s TAFE colleges.
In addition, the State is investing heavily into training through the Lower Fees Local Skills initiative, which has slashed course fees for 180 Vocational Education and Training qualifications by up to 72 per cent.
“We are investing in a range of immediate initiatives to support the State’s skills needs - while continuing our strong focus on revitalising the State’s TAFEs," said Mr McGowan. “The $16.87 million training centre will deliver practical on-the-job training, leading to highly skilled workers for the Peel region’s growing hospitality and tourism industry. This project is part of the largest TAFE capital works program in Western Australia’s history, with 14 projects creating more than 1,000 local jobs.”
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “We have made it easier than ever before for Western Australians to gain a qualification. The major upgrade to South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus will give approximately 500 students from the Peel region access to the very best learning environment. The new training centre will be a one-stop-shop for simulated training, allowing job-ready workers to step straight into the workforce.”