Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Anyone seeking a career in mining or the ‘Green Skills’ area should look no further than Central Institute of Technology which had a brand new training facility opened by Senator Chris Evans in East Perth.
Both mining and renewable energy training are now taking place under the same roof in a new training facility that was officially opened by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations at Central’s East Perth campus on 20th June 2011.
The new, $3.3 million Mining and Renewable Energy Training Centre facility allows students to develop much sought after skills for both the resource and sustainability sectors.
On the resources side, the Centre has a core yard where students hoping to become Field Assistants or Pit Technicians can interpret the geology of a drill core (rock sample).
It also has a Fire Assay Laboratory where students can learn how to extract gold or any of the base metals from a mineral sample. Plus for those interested in careers in the exploration/mineral drilling side, there is a 4-wheel drive training and maintenance facility.
This is just a few metres from the Green Skills training which includes a compound and roof platform for training in the installation and operation of solar cells.
It also features wind power, with both a vertical blade turbine and horizontal rotor turbine for wind turbine installation and maintenance training.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Collier said the development would allow Central to deliver high-quality technical training to meet industry demand.
"Mining and green skills training are major growth areas for the Western Australian economy," the Minister said.
"The new centre at Central will enable the State to better respond to industry demand in these areas, providing specialised training in mineral exploration, mineral processing, geology, gold assaying, and solar panel and wind turbine installation and maintenance.”
The building is a significant addition to Central’s Centre of Specialisation in Resources and Sustainability Training.
It houses specialist training in skill shortage areas unique to Central, including additional workshops for the electrical trades and training in cable installation.
The $3.3 million facility is a single storey, workshop-style development that was funded by the Australian Government under the Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow (TIIFT) program.
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