Work has begun on the new Mining and Engineering Centre at TAFE SA Regency Park
Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Grace Portolesi said construction on new buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings was underway at the facility.
“Once it is completed, the Centre will see over 3000 students using these facilities during their training in mining and allied industries,” she said.
“South Australia is increasingly recognised as a centre of mining excellence and mining will play an important role in our economic future.
“Through the courses offered at this new state of the art facility people will be trained with the skills they need to take advantage of the great employment opportunities offered in mining and associated sectors.
“Currently these training courses are offered at different sites around the city but once the development is completed this Centre will be a hub of excellence for training in this sector.”
The Mining and Engineering Centre project is set to be completed by mid 2014.
“Investment in this centre and training in these key industries will ensure we have the skilled workforce to meet the projected demand of 25,000 additional workers over the next 5 years.
“This centre is part of the Government’s $200 million investment in South Australia’s vocational education and training infrastructure.
“The mining and resources sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years and it is vital that we have skilled workforce to meet industry demands into the future,” Ms Portolesi said.
Programs that will be offered at the Mining and Engineering Centre include:
Heavy Vehicle Transport and Diesel Mechanics
- Geo Science and Mining
- Mechanical and Civil Engineering
- Surveying and Spatial Information Services
- Welding and Fabrication, and
- Automotive and Light Vehicle Transport.