10/03/2011 - 12:49

Collier opens trades training facility

10/03/2011 - 12:49

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Training and Workforce Development minister Peter Collier says a new $23 million trades training centre in Clarkson will fill a significant gap in training opportunities in the northern corridor.

Training and Workforce Development minister Peter Collier says a new $23 million trades training centre in Clarkson will fill a significant gap in training opportunities in the northern corridor.

The facility, known as Trades North and operatoed by West Coast Institute of Training, will offer industry-led pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and post-trade training for bricklayers, plasterers, electricians, welders, carpenters, joiners, blocklayueers and floor and wall tilers.

"Trades North will offer contemporary traineeship and apprenticeship training in which the different trades can work together collaboratively, simulating real working conditions to meet the needs of industry," Mr Collier said.

Mr Collier said the facility would assist in creating a highly-skilled workforce for the building and construction, electrotechnology and light manufacturing industries.

"Until now, students from the area have had to travel long distances to be trained at other registered training organisations," Mr Collier said..

"This centre will attract more young people from the local community to the various trades."

"For businesses, the centre will provide an opportunity to identify their training requirements and gain access to a greater number of skilled tradespeople in their region.

"This facility is another great example of West Coast's commitment to working with industry, ensuring the training delivered here is current and relevant."

 

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