WA TAFE colleges to get new state of the art equipment

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have announced details of the State Government's $25 million investment in new equipment for Western Australia's TAFEs, to train students and create a pipeline of job ready graduates.

TAFE colleges across WA will receive $25 million of modern equipment as part of a four-year program to upgrade and modernise their equipment to contemporary industry standards; helping students, apprentices and trainees become more job ready. TAFE colleges identified areas of need based on local demand and emerging industry training needs.

South Regional TAFE will receive more than $1.1 million as part of Stage 1 of the TAFE Training Equipment Refresh Program. The Collie campus will receive $670,000 to purchase a heavy vehicle simulator and automation training equipment. The heavy vehicle driving simulator will equip students with simulated working conditions, allowing them to receive high quality training prior to driving large trucks on the road. The new equipment at the Collie campus will support the delivery of the Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set, adding more skilled workers to the essential transport industry to meet increased demand created by local infrastructure projects including the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. More than $380,000 will go towards automation equipment for the Albany campus, including industrial process automation simulated plant and a programmable logic controller system.

Other highlights of Stage 1 include:

  • $300,000 common rail diesel trainer for rail operations at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus and $593,000 for electromechanical training systems across the Balga, Clarkson and Midland campuses;
  • $1.4 million to install large high tech spray painting booths for panel beating at South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle campus;
  • $2 million for heavy plant equipment across Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton and Kalgoorlie campuses; and
  • $178,000 for nursing equipment at North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus and $1.4 million for hydrogen and renewable energy equipment at the Karratha campus.

The $25 million investment adds to the State Government's record $184.3 million package for essential infrastructure upgrades across the TAFE colleges, which is currently underway.

Read the full media statement here

Page last updated October 07, 2022