The state government and Shell Australia have penned a deal to supply and install boiler training equipment at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Munster facility.
Funding will go towards building a new steam electrical generator trainer on campus to provide students with boiler training and accreditation for “high risk tickets” in the oil and gas, manufacturing, maritime and defence sector.
The boiler will be fitted with wireless instrumentation devices and integrated into the TAFE’s autonomous training platform, allowing an additional 350 students to use the facility.
South Metropolitan TAFE has been delivering training to employees of the Shell-operated Prelude FLNG joint venture for several years at its Munster process plant facility, the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training.
Shell's Prelude vice president Stacey Orlandi said the joint venture was delighted to partner with the WA government.
“At its heart, this investment is about making sure young West Australians have access to the best training possible to get their qualification and get a head start in their career of choice,” she said.
Shell also says having the equipment on campus means trainees and apprentices don’t have to go off site to do steam and power generation training.
It is estimated 230 students will use the facility, which is set to be ready in the next 12 to 18 months.
Education and training minister Sue Ellery said the equipment would create many opportunities for Western Australians and the broader economy.
“It is a great example of the State Government and industry working together to ensure the training sector is responsive to industry needs and advancements,” the minister in a statement.