New specialist training facility to support jobs in resources sector

12 May 2021

Construction began on our new $2 million Belt Splicing Workshop located at our Midland campus on 12 May 2021. 

Students in high vis protective clothing working in factory setting with machineryFunded by the State Government, the workshop will provide a dedicated space to train industrial conveyor belt technicians and support the delivery of a new Certificate III in Polymer Processing.

The facility and course will help meet industry demand in Western Australia's thriving resources sector, addressing skill gaps and increasing the supply of a locally skilled workforce.

Industrial conveyor belt technicians repair, maintain and install conveyor belts used in many industries including mining, particularly for the transportation and loading of iron ore.

The shed-style workshop was designed with industry input and will be fitted out with specialist equipment including a conveyor belt, splicing tables and reels, ensuring students receive hands-on training.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the Midland workshop will be used to train apprentices in the operation and maintenance of large industrial conveyor belts - a critical skill in industries such as mining and logistics.

"It is vital that we support training for Western Australia's resources sector, an industry that delivers significant benefits to our local economy and has the potential to employ even more locally skilled workers,” Minister Ellery said.

Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the new facility, with construction undertaken by Perth-based LKS Constructions.

Construction is expected to be completed by October 2021, with training commencing in Semester 1, 2022.