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The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education – Hunter region gets boost to skills training

New state-of-the-art training facilities in Tomago will tackle skill shortages in the mining, construction, agriculture and transport industries with pre-employment, apprentice and post-trade training.

Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, today opened the $12 million WesTrac Training Institute in the Hunter region – built with $6 million from the Australian Government – designed to train people wanting to work in the heavy equipment industry.

“The Hunter region has mining, shipbuilding, railway equipment and other heavy engineering industries – all with growing demands for skilled workers,” Senator Evans said.

“The simple fact of the matter is more jobs are being created in our economy than there are skilled people to fill them. This is the skills challenge we face today.

“The new WesTrac institute will help meet the demand by training around 500 skilled and unskilled people, apprentices and tradies every year.

“Another 2,500 students are also expected to be trained every year in post-trade courses, including business management and administration.”

Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson MP, said that the facility would complement other Federal government investments aimed at increasing skills in the region.

“The WesTrac Training Institute complements the $30 million Trade Training Centre facilities across 14 high schools in Newcastle delivering essential skills training and qualifications in construction, engineering and hospitality,” Ms Grierson said.

The institute will address the need for skills in heavy equipment maintenance, diagnostics, financing, servicing, rental, and used equipment resale up to Certificate III.

Senator Evans congratulated WesTrac on their commitment to training. WestTrac have over 600 Australian Apprentices currently in-training, over the past four years 879 apprentices have commenced an Australian Apprenticeship with WesTrac.

On completion, most apprentices will become qualified heavy vehicle plant mechanics.

Senator Evans said the institute would provide a boost to the Hunter and New South Wales economies, while giving much-needed service and equipment support to the mining, construction and transport sectors.

“Our record investment in education and training infrastructure nationwide is ensuring that Australians are able to maximise their potential in the workforce and share directly in our continuing prosperity,” Senator Evans said.

“This facility is another great example of what can be achieved by government and industry working together.”

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