The Department of Education has announced that tenders are open for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus.
The Department said the tenders included construction of a new trades workshop on the campus with work scheduled to begin in the second half of this year.
“The $7 million workshop will expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades, supporting the workforce needs of the Goldfields’ resources industry,” it said.
In addition, existing workshops are to undergo a $1 million refurbishment, with a further $2 million worth of industry-standard training equipment also set to be installed, bringing the total allocation for the project to $10 million.
Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery said construction of the state-of-the-art workshop would expand the capacity of the campus to train more skilled workers for local jobs.
‘The building will provide much-needed training space for the plant mechanics, heavy auto and auto electrical trade disciplines with a dedicated workshop, classrooms and laboratory spaces,” Ms Ellery said.
“The mining and resources sector in Kalgoorlie and the wider Goldfields region is an integral part of Western Australia’s economy.”
She said the work would create facilities to increase student capacity in industries that would unlock future jobs.
MLA for Kalgoorlie, Ali Kent welcomed the upgrades, saying access to high-quality training was critical for the local community.