$17 million for new trades workshops at Albany TAFE.
As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs Plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in Albany today to announce $17 million for new trades training workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus.
Outdated 50-year old training workshops will be replaced with contemporary facilities to ensure people in the Great Southern have access to high quality training that meets the demands of the local industries and employers — particularly those in the automotive, metals and engineering, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery industries. The project will consolidate trades training to one area of the campus, which will expand training options and improve training outcomes so that students graduate job ready for local employment opportunities.
The Albany campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier last week, which will see facilities at all five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the State Government's commitment to regional Western Australia, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.
Through the new Skills Ready program, the State Government has recently increased the number of half price* courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses with fees slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. A range of free** training is also now available under the Skills Ready program.
*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.