The electrical and telecommunications industry in Western Australia will receive a massive injection of skilled workers thanks to a new purpose built multi-million dollar training facility in Jandakot that will be officially opened today.
The College of Electrical Training (CET), the largest private trainer of electrical apprentices in Australia, has built a new Southern campus that will train over 500 local apprentices annually and also cater for students from overseas. CET trains in total over 1200 apprentices each year.
The new campus was built after the CET secured 8000sq metres of land at Jandakot and received federal government funding of $2.2 million for construction.
General Manager of the College of Electrical Training, Mr Geoff Hender, said today’s official opening is good news for the Western Australian trade community and people interested in a career in the electrical industry.
“The electrical and telecommunications industries need more skilled workers and our new campus in Jandakot will be providing 500 qualified electricians each year that can hit the ground running when entering the workforce,” Mr Hender said.
“With huge government projects like the National Broadband Network, massive infrastructure developments and gigantic mining projects in Western Australia, the opportunity for qualified tradespeople to develop a great career has never been better.”
Peak electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), believe the training facility will be integral in developing the skills of new electricians and provides an essential professional training environment that will encourage younger apprentices to finish their trade.
NECA’s group chief executive officer in Western Australia, Mr Peter Tuck, said apprentices are the life blood of the industry and the federal government funding will certainly give the industry a much needed boost.
“The $2.2 million dollars received from the federal government under the Industry Skill Centre Funding and the Investing in Community Education and Training program will absolutely help our industry and importantly help young people in WA forge new careers in the electrical and telecommunications sector,” Mr Tuck said.
Federal MP for Fremantle Ms Melissa Parke will officially open the new CET Southern Campus at Jandakot on Friday 30 July 2010 at 11.00am.
Media are asked to arrive and be set-up by 10.45am.
Where: CET Southern Campus – 5 Avior Avenue Jandakot
When: Friday 30 July 2010 – Please be set-up by 10.45am
What: Video, photo and interview opportunities - tour of facility available
Who: Mr Geoff Hender – General Manager of CET
Mr Peter Tuck – Group CEO of NECA WA
Contact: Please call Dominic Feenan on 0457 767 328 for interviews
National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA
NECA is the peak Australian industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors across our nation.
Dominic Feenan - Media and Communications Manager
P: 02 9439 8523
M: 0457 767 328
Ian Richardson – PresidentP: 02 9888 3081