Education

Automation equipment and machinery to support Albany TAFE’s new trades workshops

Posted on February 22, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to provide Albany TAFE with new automation equipment and other machinery to support local training
  • New materials to support heavy and light automotive, engineering, cabinet making, civil construction, nursing and aged care courses
  • Equipment will support McGowan Government’s $17 million Albany TAFE campus upgrades, with construction to begin in November

A re-elected McGowan Government will provide Albany TAFE with more than $1 million of automation and other equipment to ensure local students are at the forefront of training opportunities in a wide range of industries.

The new equipment will support the McGowan Government’s major $17 million Albany TAFE campus upgrades which will provide the facility with a new trades training workshop as part of the McGowan Government’s Rebuilding our TAFEs Plan.

South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus will be provided with $400,000 of automation training equipment – including industrial process automation simulated plant, a programmable logic controller system complete with training materials, and a tractor with automated accessories and process safety management systems.

Automation is a priority training area for South Regional TAFE in line with its increasing presence in a range of industries and this equipment will ensure Albany-based students are well-placed to gain relevant skills in this area.

An additional $742,000 of equipment will support a range of courses in the areas of heavy and light automotive, engineering, cabinet making, civil construction, nursing and aged care.

The McGowan Labor Government has made TAFE a priority. As part of the highly successful Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, TAFE fees have been slashed by up to 72 per cent, making it more affordable than ever.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue the strong investment in TAFE and measures that create better career pathways for young Western Australians by:

  • Upgrading equipment across the State’s TAFEs, giving students access to more industry standard and state of the art equipment, including x-ray technology for agriculture, 3D printers, drones and more; and 
  • Ensuring local flexibility for schools to negotiate the most suitable courses and delivery arrangements with their local TAFE colleges and local industries.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

“This $1 million of new equipment will support a wide range of courses at Albany TAFE – from automotive and engineering, to civil construction, right through to nursing and aged care.

“The McGowan Government’s $17 million South Regional TAFE Albany Campus upgrades are set to begin this November – and these new resources will ensure an even higher standard of training for local students into the future.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens:

“In my day job – working to engage young people with employment and training opportunities, I see firsthand how important Albany TAFE is for our community.

“Those of us who work in local training are so excited for the McGowan Government’s $17 million TAFE upgrades and these additional resources will provide yet another boost for local students of all ages to put them the pathway to a good job.”