NORTH Metropolitan Tafe’s Joondalup and Clarkson campuses are getting a $3.7 million upgrade to training facilities this year.
Premier Mark McGowan visited the Joondalup campus today to promote the capital works funding with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton.
“These new facilities will enable students to develop hands on skills in beauty, health and social assistance, automation, cyber security and building and construction,” Ms Ellery said.
The Kendrew Crescent campus received a $356,000 upgrade for its cyber security operation centre, which has a hacker room, defender room and control room and will start operating in semester one.
During the February 1 tour, Tafe students and staff showed politicians cyber attacks happen and a live thread map showed where attacks were taking place worldwide, with a count indicating there had been almost $16.6 million attacks globally yesterday.
“Australia is nice and quiet; we are being left alone – there’s a lot happening in America at the moment,” Tafe head of technology and media programs Alan Johns said.
Mr McGowan said the centre would give students skills need for jobs of the future.
“There are constant cyber risks out there – we want to make sure that West Australians have the skills and ability to deal with those situations and the opportunity to get jobs in that field,” he said.
Ms Hamilton said the centre would benefit students interested in pursuing careers in a field where more than 1.8 million jobs were expected to be created nationally in the next five years.
Another $950,000 was allocated to improve beauty therapy facilities at the health and wellness training campus on McLarty Avenue, which will also be used by students from semester one.
Planning has also started for a $1.85 million upgrade to that campus’s allied health and social assistance training areas by December, which will help WA meet skilled workforce needs in the NDIS rollout.
It will provide a day training centre and simulated home care training rooms with real patients to give students hands on experience in aged and disability care.
Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard said the Clarkson campus would benefit from a $200,000 upgrade to classrooms to create a multi-function space for industrial automation training in semester one.
The building and construction areas will also receive a $390,000 boost for outdoor training areas by December.
“These new and planned facilities at North Metropolitan Tafe will help ensure industry has access to highly trained people with the right skills, especially in the growing areas of disability and aged care,” Mr Folkard said.