Four North Regional TAFE campuses are set to receive facility upgrades after receiving $43 million towards capital works projects as part of the biggest TAFE investment in WA history.
The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs initiative includes an investment of $167.4 million into capital works projects across the state. This endeavour will help create world-class learning opportunities for students, while generating a pipeline of jobs which will deliver a boost to the economy and get WA back on track.
NR TAFE’s Broome campus has received a $10 million investment for a new building to expand its training in hospitality and tourism. The Broome Hospitality Centre will provide students with a contemporary training environment and be home to a live works training restaurant and alfresco café. This creates the perfect training environment to foster better industry partnerships, creates vibrancy within the local community whilst delivering industry standard training.
Kununurra campus has received $6 million to create a specialist facility which will expand training for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) related courses, as well as hospitality and tourism training. The new project will provide simulated in home care facility to support NDIS related training and will also be used to train aged care workers to provide in home support so older people can remain in their homes and communities longer, accessing the quality of care they need.
The hospitality facility includes an art workshop and gallery space, enabling specialised training for tourism and cultural activities tailored to the unique East Kimberley environment. This new centre will offer a wide range of new training delivery opportunities, including VET delivered to secondary students programs for Kununurra Senior High School students.
Continuing the investment within the North West Region of WA, Pundulmurra (South Hedland) will receive a $22 million investment for a new workshop to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering needs as well as new commercial cookery training focused on resource sector requirements. Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) will also receive a $5 million boost for a new classroom block.
North Regional TAFE Managing Director Kevin Doig said he is positive this funding will provide great opportunities for local students and communities.
“We are confident that this investment into our buildings and infrastructure can only strengthen our existing industries as well as lay the foundation for jobs of the future” said Kevin
These investments follow course fee reductions and a push on free short courses available to upskill for new jobs and provide pathways to full qualifications, as part of the Skills Ready initiative.