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North Regional TAFE strengthens vocational education and training

North Regional TAFE is your local State Government provider of vocational education and training across the Kimberley and the Pilbara regions of Western Australia.  

By leveraging off the great strengths of the former Kimberley Training Institute and Pilbara Institute, the merger of these two organisations will create a stronger TAFE presence across a very significant part of the state.

North Regional TAFE has campuses from Karratha and South Hedland in the south, to Broome and Kununurra in the north. Additional campuses are at Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Wyndham, Roebourne, Newman and Tom Price.

The Broome campus will be the primary location for the college’s interim Managing Director, Kevin Doig. Corporate executive staff will be situated at the major campuses to maintain a strong staff presence at these locations.

“These positions will be part of the TAFE College Corporate Executive, which will provide assistance to the Governing Council and collaborate with industry and communities throughout the region,” Mr Doig said.

“The college’s new Governing Council met in Broome recently and formalised the college’s commitment to expanding training services across the region. The Governing Council agreed to rotate their meetings through each of the college’s campuses develop a close understanding of the needs of business and communities across the Kimberley and Pilbara.

“In addition, the new Executive team met recently in Karratha and South Hedland and established some underpinning principles for growing the TAFE business, and improving training access for people across a dispersed geographic area.”

The college will be a major contributor to economic development in the region, with more than 300 staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $50 million. There will be many more courses to enhance workforce development, with an increase in Trade skills development and a particular focus on Health and Community Services. 

North Regional TAFE will continue to be a leader in Maritime studies, Agriculture, Land Management and Horticulture. New entrants to training will be supported with Foundation skills development in literacy and numeracy.

“Our larger operation will allow us to focus on quality in training and assessment,” Mr Doig said. “Through increased collaboration with the other four colleges across the State we will have access to a wide range of support services and shared quality assurance mechanisms.”

Mr Doig said establishing North Regional TAFE was an exciting time for residents in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

“Our new college will be larger, stronger, and more responsive than ever,” he said.

“Through the period of merger we are continuing to deliver high quality programs with skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated staff.”

Mr Doig said the college was keen to hear from industries and communities who would like to discuss how North Regional TAFE can better meet their needs for training services.

Page last updated November 11, 2016