Reduced VET fees pave the way for new METRONET jobs

Western Australians who want to be part of the METRONET building program will benefit from the McGowan Government's $53.5 million Lower fees, local skills program that's reducing VET course fees from 1 January 2020. 

From next year, the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE will become a speciality METRONET Trade Training Centre, with upgraded workshops and new fabrication training equipment. The centre is just three kilometres from the site of the new METRONET Bellevue Assembly Facility where the new C-Series railcars will be commissioned. Under the plan, the TAFE and its workshops are being redeveloped into a specialist centre that provides the specific technical and support skills required for railcar manufacturing and METRONET maintenance.

METRONET courses that will benefit from the reduction in course fees include the:

  • Certificate II in Civil Construction;
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations; and
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction. 

The METRONET 'Train of Thought' forum was held on Monday October 14, bringing together industry stakeholders including railcar manufacturers, government and training industry representatives to discuss ways to ensure the training centre meets the industry's short and long-term requirements. The WA Government will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure the training needs of METRONET rail projects are met.

"METRONET is creating a pipeline of jobs and my Government wants to make sure young Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on this huge investment." said Premier Mark McGowan. "Our 50 per cent reduction in course fees for important METRONET courses will make TAFE much more affordable for students in these in-demand courses. Not only will METRONET create a world-class public transport system that will transform our city, it will also deliver employment and training opportunities for locals long into the future."

Read the full media statement here

Page last updated July 28, 2020