Mark McGowan and WA Labor to invest in modern equipment for TAFE

Posted on February 24, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government to invest $25 million in modern equipment for TAFE
  • Students, including apprentices and trainees will have access to more state-of-the-art equipment
  • Strong investment will upskill students and workers for jobs of the future
  • All part of Mark McGowan’s WA Jobs Plan, to create 125,000 new local jobs

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $25 million to purchase new, state-of-the-art equipment across WA’s TAFE colleges, as part of a strong focus on education, training and jobs.

This investment will ensure students, apprentices and trainees are able to train on equipment that mirrors that used by industry, making them job-ready when they graduate.

Some examples of the equipment that will be purchased includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines with 3D printers to simulate a contemporary manufacturing facility, giving students the opportunity to gain experience in specialist manufacturing; demonstration vehicles and diagnostic software to train students on the latest vehicle technology and electric cars; and agriculture seed X-ray technology and drones to keep up with the increasing use of automation and predictive technology in agriculture.

Earlier this week, WA Labor announced details about the equipment upgrades at TAFEs in Geraldton, Albany and Collie.

Under the scheme, Geraldton TAFE will be provided with $245,000 to purchase a front end loader and $455,000 to purchase a large excavator and multi-use tractor, Albany TAFE will receive $1 million worth of automation equipment, and Collie TAFE will benefit from the purchase of a $250,000 heavy vehicle simulator and $400,000 of automation training equipment.

This complements the record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across TAFE colleges as part of the WA Recovery Plan.  

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“My Government has a strong focus on education, training and jobs.

“We’ve slashed TAFE fees, so more people can get quality training for a quality job.

“We want to make sure that students, apprentices and trainees are able to train on equipment that is modern, state-of-the-art and reflective of what is used by industry so that when they graduate, they are job-ready.

“A key part of our WA Jobs Plan is to ensure we invest in training, so every Western Australian has a pathway to a good job, and we have a skilled, job-ready workforce for our State.”