Electrical training college powers up

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Commerce, Garry Itzstein, National Electrical Communications Association WA executive director and Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman.
Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Commerce, Garry Itzstein, National Electrical Communications Association WA executive director and Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman officially opened the College of Electrical Training’s Joondalup campus last week.

The not-for-profit private operator, which also has bases in Balcatta and Jandakot, provides training for the WA electrical and communications industries.

Mr Redman said there had been a strong demand for the Joondalup campus in Injune Way, with 300 apprentices ready to start when the campus opened in July.

He highlighted the college’s quality of training, ability to retain experienced staff and the innovative resources it offered students.

The campus has four workshops, 10 laboratories and a 60-seat auditorium.

College general manager Carl Copeland said the campus’s unconventional design, with just three classrooms, was an exciting opportunity to change apprentice training.

‘By adapting to a more blended learning approach, we can more flexibly meet the needs of apprentices and employers in the northern corridor,’ he said.

‘The campus will also provide employment opportunities for local electricians who may be interested in delivering apprenticeship or post-trade training.

‘Our quality and strength of delivery is only made possible because of the passion and commitment of our industry to give something back to the trade.

‘There is no substitute to being able to relate experience and industry-specific topics to the training environment.’