Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Peter Collier
New Centre To Boost Training In Mining And Renewable Energy Industries
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Peter Collier today helped mark the start of building of Central Institute of Technology’s new Mining and Renewable Energy Training Centre.
Joining Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a sod-turning ceremony, Mr. Collier said the development would allow Central to deliver high-quality technical training to meet industry demand.
Mr. Collier said it would also strengthen the Liberal-National Government’s focus on providing a skilled workforce for the future.
“Mining and green skills training are major growth areas for the Western Australian economy.” the Minister said.
“The new centre at Central will enable the State to better respond to industry demand in these areas, providing specialised training in mining exploration; mineral processing; geology; gold assaying; solar panel and wind turbine installation; and maintenance.”
“It will also consolidate Central’s training delivery in the key areas of resource development, creative industries, community services and science-based disciplines.” Mr. Collier said.
Jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments, the $3.3 Million centre is located at the East Perth campus, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
It will reinforce Central’s position as the major training provider based in the heart of the Perth city, catering for more than 26,000 students.
Central Managing Director Neil Fernandes said the centre would provide state-of-the-art facilities for training jobs that were in great demand.
“The new centre will further add to Central’s capacity as the major deliverer of technical training for the mining and renewable energy industries.” Mr Fernandes said.