THE Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and Pilbara TAFE WA have joined forces to provide improved education services in the region. Pilbara Management Development Centre (PMDC) venture will initially offer 17 programs throughout the year that have been chosen following consultation with the local business community. AIM executive director Patrick Cullen said he was delighted to be able to work in partnership with Pilbara TAFE. “There is an increasing need for training and development, and we are looking forward to this partnership and the opportunities it offers,” Mr Cullen said. “Key benefits to the region include high-quality training for supervisors, managers and professionals, training focused on the specific needs of the region, use of the excellent facilities at the Pilbara TAFE, and cost savings in travel and accommodation.” The PMDC will provide support and opportunities for businesses to improve management and leadership in the Pilbara on an ongoing basis. Pilbara TAFE managing director Michael O’Loughlin said AIM’s reputation for excellent delivery would combine well with TAFE’s expertise to bring tangible benefits to the business community in the region. “With the Department of Economic Development in the Pilbara Region estimating that the workforce population will grow by 20 per cent within two years, the expanded workforce will require high-quality training and development in order to succeed,” Mr O’Loughlin said.