New trades workshops power ahead for Albany TAFE

Plans for the $20.5 million trades workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus are moving ahead, with the design finalised and the project now out for tender.

The state of the art workshops will replace the campus’ existing 50-year old trade facilities, and will be used to deliver training in metals and engineering, automotive; building and construction; and carpentry and joinery trades.

The WA State Government’s investment in specialist trades training in the Great Southern will ensure local young people and jobseekers have access to world class training opportunities to meet the workforce needs of local industry. Providing modern facilities will ensure students, including apprentices, are provided with relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills in facilities that reflect real life working environments. Construction is anticipated to start in September 2022, and be completed by June 2024.

The project was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, incorporating a record $215.8 million investment to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State’s five TAFE colleges. The schematic designs were developed by Great Southern architectural firm H+H Architects, which is headquartered in Albany with offices in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. H+H Architects has worked on several major educational projects in the region including the UWA Science Building in Albany, Great Southern Grammar and Albany Residential College.  

“This is a significant investment in world-class trades training that will deliver huge benefits to people living in the Great Southern region.“ says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Albany’s new trades workshops will be used to deliver industry relevant training and produce job ready and highly skilled workers in traditional trades, including for the in demand automotive and building and construction industries. The McGowan Government is revitalising Western Australia’s training sector to get Western Australians into long-term jobs and to support the workforce needs of industries to keep our State and economy strong.”.

Read the full media statement here

Page last updated February 09, 2024