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Western Australia Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery

New Specialist Training Facility For Western Australia’s Resources Sector

Victor P Taffa

  • North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus to get dedicated facility to train industrial conveyor belt technicians
  • $2 million has been allocated towards the industrial conveyor belt trade training facility
  • The specialist facility will meet industry demand and address skills gaps
  • More than 200 new and existing workers set to train in the facility
  • Industrial conveyor belt technicians repair, maintain and install conveyor belts used in many industries including mining, particularly for the transportation of unrefined ore

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued today, with the design development stage now complete.

“Industrial conveyor belt operations and maintenance require specialised expertise that is critical to industries such as mining and logistics.” Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said.

“There are more than $100 Billion worth of Western Australian resources projects in the pipeline, and it’s vital that we support training for an industry that employs so many Western Australia locals and delivers significant benefit to the Western Australia economy.”

$2 Million project is fully funded by the McGowan Government, and is included in the Mid-year Review.

It is anticipated construction will be completed in October 2021 with training commencing in Semester 1, 2022.

Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and installation of the conveyor belts used in industries such as mining and logistics.

Shed-style workshop will house a conveyor area, splicing table area, workshop benches, tool storage, an external undercover area and a ‘chalk and talk’ area for theory-based learning.

Specialist industry-standard equipment will support the delivery of a Certificate III in Polymer Processing.

“Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE is becoming an exciting training hub with stage one of the METRONET Trade Training Centre now complete, a brand-new Jobs and Skills Centre and the planned training facility for the repair, maintenance and installation of conveyor belts.” Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said.

“We’re delivering the training required to meet industry’s needs right here in Midland, thanks to the McGowan Government’s commitment to jobs and training.”

Midland area was identified in the McGowan Government’s Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development, undertaken in response to COVID-19, as being a key area for skills, training and employment investment.

In response to the review, Western Australia’s network of Jobs and Skills Centres was expanded to include a new location at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus.

McGowan Government’s $167.4 Million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan also includes $2.5 Million for the new METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland. Stage one of the project is now complete.

METRONET Trade Training Centre will be used to deliver a qualification in electrical rail signalling from Semester 1, 2021, and is critical to ensuring local content of at least 50 % on METRONET projects, including railcars.

For more information about local training opportunities contact the Midland Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or North Metropolitan TAFE.

Abbreviations:

TAFE              Technical and Further Education

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