North Metropolitan TAFE: two training institutes join up under new banner


Michelle Hoad.
Michelle Hoad.

TWO Perth training institutes will merge to form the North Metropolitan TAFE under changes to the vocational education system.

The merger of the former West Coast Institute of Training and Central Institute of Technology brings together two training institutes that provide vocational education and training for Perth’s northern region.

The college has campuses located across the greater north metropolitan region, including Clarkson, East Perth, Joondalup, Leederville, Mt Lawley, Nedlands and Northbridge.

In a statement this week, it said expansion in 2017 would add campuses at Balga, Brigadoon and Midland.

It said interim managing director Michelle Hoad would be based mainly at the Joondalup campus, with corporate executive staff at the major campuses “to maintain a strong staff presence at these locations”.

“These positions will be part of the TAFE college corporate executive, which will provide assistance to the governing council and collaborate with industry and communities throughout the region,” Ms Hoad said.

The merger brings together two centres of specialisation in training for the health industry.

The Joondalup campus recently opened an $11 million simulation training hospital as part of its refurbishment program.

For enrolled nursing students, the Mt Lawley campus features REACH (Roaming Education and Community Health) – a clinical training experience, where students work alongside Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital staff delivering diabetic retinopathy and immunology clinics to real patients.

With about 1300 staff and more than 350 full-time courses, North Metropolitan TAFE will continue training in occupational priority areas such as community services, education, hospitality, business, engineering, building and construction, health sciences and creative industries.

Ms Hoad said establishing North Metropolitan TAFE came at an exciting time for vocational education and training in WA.

“I have already received very positive feedback from local residents on the reinstatement of the TAFE brand, which is widely recognised in the community,” she said.

“The new college has a broader range of experienced staff, enhanced resources available to the community and with our expanded reach it will provide our students improved access to more diverse training programs.”