WA Labor to invest in modern equipment for Kalgoorlie Regional TAFE

Posted on February 25, 2021
  • Re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest in modern equipment for Central Regional TAFE in Kalgoorlie
  • New petrol and diesel engines on stands, a hybrid vehicle and balancing gear for automotive and light vehicle apprentices and pre-apprentices
  • Large 5 tonne excavator, integrated tool loader and bobcat for mining and civil construction students
  • Part of $25 million statewide commitment across WA’s TAFE network

Central Regional TAFE in Kalgoorlie is set to receive more than $1 million worth of modern new equipment, including new petrol and diesel engines on stands, a hybrid vehicle and a large 5 tonne excavator under a commitment by WA Labor to invest $25 million into the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment at TAFE colleges throughout the State.

The equipment will help skill mining and civil construction students, as well as apprentices and trainees in the horticulture, conservation and land management and Aboriginal ranger programs.

The replacement of outdated equipment, some of which is more than 15 years old and no longer industry standard, will help prime students, apprentices and trainees for the job market.

Some examples of the equipment that could be purchased at TAFE’s around the State includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines with 3D printers to simulate a contemporary manufacturing facility, giving students the opportunity to gain experience in specialist manufacturing; demonstration vehicles and diagnostic software to train students on the latest vehicle technology and electric cars; and agriculture seed X-ray technology and drones to keep up with the increasing use of automation and predictive technology in agriculture. 

Earlier this week, WA Labor announced details about the equipment upgrades at TAFEs in Geraldton, Albany and Collie.

This investment will ensure students are able to train on equipment that mirrors that used by industry, making them job-ready when they graduate.

This complements the record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across TAFE colleges as part of the WA Recovery Plan.   

Comments attributed to Deputy Premier Roger Cook:

“Kalgoorlie Regional TAFE will benefit from this cash injection, which will replace some of the aging and outdated equipment currently in place.

“This is part of the McGowan Labor Government’s strong focus on education, training and jobs. We want to make sure that students, apprentices and trainees are able to train on equipment that is modern, state-of-the-art and reflective of what is used by industry so that when they graduate, they are job-ready.

“Having a skilled, job-ready workforce helps keep our State safe and strong.”