TAFE taps into growing demand for upskilling

Attracting and retaining experienced staff and capitalising on increasing mining industry activity will be the focus of Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie this year.

At the organisation’s Enrolment Day yesterday, director of training services Ty Theodore said a skills shortage in the region meant the services of training and education providers would be in demand.

“It would appear that industry saw positive growth in the last quarter of 2017,” he said.

“With a strong industry comes increasing opportunities for training — we are looking forward to developing a tailored approach to the skills and training needs.

“We are forecasting growth in our mining programs and anticipate 2018 to be a very positive year in developing our Hard Rock Mining and Engineering Centre.

“We are excited to encourage local people to get the skills they need to get the jobs that are available in our region.”

The last quarter of 2017 was the strongest quarter for student enrolments at CRT for two years and Mr Theodore said he expected the trend to continue.

“At the end of 2017, we saw some of the challenges facing industry and the training sector start to turn around,” he said.

“We saw industry gaining confidence and become more stable, which has positively impacted training in the regions.

“In a region where there is a skills shortage, we are working hard to retain the high standard of industry experienced staff and also to attract new candidates to our region, ensuring we are prepared for the increasing and evolving training needs.”

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