Enhancing industrial skills training in Mallee

Students and staff at Karkarooc Industrial Skills Centre are enjoying new training facilities, thanks to a $1.38 million grant from the Gillard Government.

The project included extensions to the existing building, two additional classrooms and new amenities for both students and staff.

Opening the new facilities in Mallee today, Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird said training at Karkarooc aimed to give students an experience as close as possible to the real experience of work.

“The hands-on, practical experience on offer at the Karkarooc Industrial Skills Centre is a priority for business and industry,’ Ms Bird said.

“Karkarooc uses industry-specific, plant equipment and, in the future, classrooms will be fitted with driving and earthmoving simulators to give students the practical experience of being on site, all within the classroom.

“It’s what industry is looking for in their workforce – people who can hit the ground running.”

Training programs offered at Karkarooc give students the skills they need to join the road transport, logistics operations, civil construction and resources industries.

Ms Bird said the Centre’s development as a training hub made it a great asset to the Mallee region.

“Students are being trained in skills that are in high demand and transferable for jobs in related industries like building, tourism and construction,” Ms Bird said.

“A highly skilled, innovative and productive workforce will keep Australia internationally competitive and prosperous.”

The Australian Government invested $645,000 in the construction of the Karkarooc Industrial Skills Centre extension. Over the last five years the Centre has received $1.38 million in infrastructure funding for Vocational Education and Training.