The government of Western Australia is investing $3.7 million in capital works to enhance training facilities in the areas of health and social assistance, automation, cybersecurity, and building and construction.
The funding will improve training facilities in some of the state’s largest growing industries at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Clarkson and Joondalup campuses.
Joondalup campus will receive a $356,000 upgrade to support the creation of a cyber security operation centre, including a hacker room, defender room and control room.
Work has commenced and classrooms will be operational in semester 1, 2019.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said the establishment of a cyber security operation centre will provide the opportunity for students that are interested in pursuing this career path.
It will also provide access to quality training in an area where there are expected to be more than 1.8 million jobs created in the next five years, nationally, she said.
“These projects will enhance the campus’ role as a Centre for Specialisation for Health and Wellness, and once completed the home care training rooms will enable students to work in a simulated home environment with real patients.”
Health and wellness training at the Joondalup campus has undergone a major refurbishment with $950,000 allocated to enhance beauty therapy facilities. Works are complete and will be available for student use in semester 1, 2019.
Planning is underway for a $1.85 million refurbishment of the campus’ allied health and social assistance training areas, which will assist Western Australia in meeting the skilled workforce needs of the NDIS rollout.
The project, anticipated for completion in December 2019, will provide a contemporary day training centre and simulated home care training rooms with real patients, so students can develop hands on skills to provide high-quality care in the areas of aged care and disability.
The Clarkson campus will benefit from a $200,000 refurbishment of its general purpose classrooms to provide a multi-function space for the delivery of industrial automation training, which will also be complete for semester 1, 2019 training delivery.
The building and construction training areas at the Clarkson campus will also receive a boost, with $390,000 allocated for the expansion and weatherproofing of outdoor training areas to be completed by December 2019.
Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said a key focus of the government is creating more jobs, maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base.
“Specialist training in the key areas of cybersecurity and automation will give Western Australians the opportunity to get ahead of the game, with the skills they need to take up the jobs of the future,” he said.