Truck simulator and automation equipment for upgraded Collie TAFE

Posted on February 22, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to provide truck simulator and automation equipment for Collie TAFE
  • McGowan Government’s TAFE Stage 2 upgrades now complete, providing dedicated truck driver training facilities
  • Follows Stage 1 upgrades which refurbished TAFE teaching and administration building
  • McGowan Government’s Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative has slashed fees by up to 72 per cent
  • Re-elected McGowan Government to continue strong investment in TAFE with state-of-the-art equipment and stronger links between schools and training sector

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery joined WA Labor Candidate for Collie-Preston Jodie Hanns today to announce a re-elected McGowan Government will provide Collie TAFE with a new truck simulator and automation equipment.

The $250,000 heavy vehicle simulator will equip students with simulated work conditions to enable them to receive high quality training without the need to drive large trucks on roads.

The TAFE 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 Collie-based students are well-placed to gain relevant skills in this area.

Minister Ellery made these announcements today while opening the $500,000 Stage 2 upgrades at Collie TAFE.

The South Regional TAFE Collie Campus now boasts a new training space created from the full refurbishment of two classrooms, bathrooms and student breakout spaces, with new furniture and IT-enabled classrooms.

Collie’s advanced truck driver training program, the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set, will now be delivered in these new, dedicated facilities.

These improvements follow the $1.38 million Stage 1 upgrades which provided the TAFE with a fully refurbished administration and teaching block to deliver essential training in the region.

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:

“The McGowan Government’s revitalisation of the South Regional TAFE Collie Campus will enable the facility to continue to deliver high quality, local training, including the advanced truck driver training course.

“The new heavy vehicle simulator and automation equipment will make sure local people have access to quality equipment to put them at the forefront of quality training. 

“We are focused on ensuring local people of all ages are given all the support they need to get into quality, high paying jobs locally – with our Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative slashing a range of course fees, while we carry out the biggest TAFE infrastructure upgrade program in the State’s history.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Collie-Preston Jodie Hanns:

“As a local school teacher, I know how important quality employment pathways are to support Collie’s young people to find good jobs in the industries they want to work in.

“The McGowan Government is investing heavily to diversify our economy into new areas, while supporting our industrial base, and quality training resources are a key part of that.

“The new truck simulator and automation equipment will support Collie TAFE to deliver its truck driver training program and other industry-relevant training initiatives for local students.”