South Australia’s resources sector is set to benefit from a new Mining, Engineering and Transport (MET) training centre at TAFE SA’s Regency Park location.
According to the news release by TAFE SA, the state-of-the-art training hub was officially opened last Thursday to provide training for the 25,000 new workers that are projected to be required by mining, transport, defence, engineering and allied industries over the next five years.
The resources sector in SA is expected to blossom during the course of the next ten to fifteen years, with thousands of new jobs to be created by resources and energy companies in the state. The training hub will provide the qualified workforce of the future.
“For the first time, students in these key areas will be able to train in the same location, providing valuable opportunities for cross-discipline and dual trade training. The MET Centre consolidates and integrates programs previously delivered across several metropolitan campuses in one centralised training hub. The State Government is committed to ensuring people have opportunities to improve their skills and capacity to find rewarding jobs in areas of strategic priority to SA,” said Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago in a media release.
“More than 700 students have already begun training, and there is a 3,000 student capacity. We anticipate the number of students will increase significantly as the employment market in these areas expands. This centre is an assertion of confidence in our belief that South Australia has the resources and the people to build the prosperous future we want.”
Other key courses at the $38.3 million centre will include those in faculties such as Automotive, Electronics and Computer Systems, Engineering and Transport, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and Fabrication and Mining.
“We need to ensure we have the skills and capability here in SA to capitalise on the billions of dollars being invested in our State by the resources sector. This investment links in perfectly with one of our key economic priorities to unlock the full potential of SA’s resources, energy and renewable assets. It’s another example of how this State Government is 100 per cent committed to expanding this vital sector,” said Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis.