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Stage one of METRONET Trade Training Centre complete

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The first stage of the METRONET Trade Training Centre is now complete, providing Western Australians with a dedicated public facility to support training for jobs in the rail industry.

Stage one of the project included the creation of rail signalling workshops and the introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications supporting METRONET manufacturing and maintenance.

A pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi will commence the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling in Semester 1, 2021.

Industry partnerships have provided specialised equipment to customise the new workshops so that students can learn with real equipment.

The METRONET Trade Training Centre facilities aim to cater to increased demand for training, including:

  • Certificate II and III in Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Certificate II and III in Electrotechnology
  • Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication; Light Fabrication; Mechanical Fitter and Machinist)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH; Light YC; Fitter and Machinist ZB; Mechanical Fitter ZA)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Electrical – Instrumentation
  • Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade.

People under 25 or eligible people of all ages looking for work will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees.

WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the State Government was doing everything it can to make TAFE more accessible to young Western Australians so they can get the skills they need to enter the workforce.

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“North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus is well placed to train WA workers for futures in rail manufacturing and operations, with courses available to meet the diverse METRONET training needs, including engineering, metal fabrication, instrumentation, electrotechnology and electronics,” Ellery said.

“Our reduction in course fees for important METRONET courses will make TAFE much more affordable for students in these high priority areas and, in turn, make it easier for them to get a meaningful job.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the government wants to make sure Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on the huge investment and ensure there is a pipeline of workers available to fill these roles.

“This year alone we have seven METRONET projects under construction and a further four projects in procurement phase, with the Morley-Ellenbrook Line to move into major construction early next year,” Saffioti said.

“We are spending almost $12 billion on building transport infrastructure over the next four years, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.”

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