All aboard the METRONET Trade Training Centre

Stage one of the specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at our Midland campus is now complete. 

  • Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti joined NMTAFE’s Managing Director Michelle Hoad at the METRONET Trade Training Centre for the announcement.  
  • The METRONET Trade Training Centre will equip local people with the skills needed to build and operate rail in Western Australia, creating job opportunities for local workers, pre-apprentices, and apprentices.
  • The new facilities will be able to cater for the increased demand for training, including areas like rail signalling which has been identified by industry as a current and future skill shortage area. 
  • Stage one included the creation of the rail signalling workshops and the introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications already available to support METRONET manufacturing and maintenance. 

With the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative, more courses have had their fees slashed by half or more, including qualifications essential to METRONET.  

NMTAFE is working with key industry stakeholders including the Public Transport Authority, Rio Tinto, BHP, John Holland Group and Roy Hill to ensure the facility meets industry training and workforce development needs. Industry partners have provided specialised equipment to customise the new workshops so students can learn on real equipment and graduate with hands-on experience.  

A pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi will commence the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling in Semester 1, 2021. From Semester 2, 2021, people with a WA electrical licence can undertake Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery believes the METRONET Trade Training Centre will provide essential training for WA workers.  

"North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus is well placed to train WA workers for futures in rail manufacturing and operations, with courses available to meet the diverse METRONET training needs, including engineering, metal fabrication, instrumentation, electrotechnology and electronics.”  

"Our reduction in course fees for important METRONET courses will make TAFE much more affordable for students in these high priority areas and, in turn, make it easier for them to get a meaningful job. 

"As a Government, we are doing everything we can to make TAFE more accessible to young Western Australians so they can get the skills they need to enter the workforce." 

Western Australia now has a dedicated public facility to support training for jobs in the rail industry. 

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said, "This year alone we have seven METRONET projects under construction and a further four projects in procurement phase, with the Morley-Ellenbrook Line to move into major construction early next year.” 

"We are spending almost $12 billion on building transport infrastructure over the next four years, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.” 


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