CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new state-of-the-art Water and Energy Trades Centre at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus.
The $21 million training facility, jointly funded by the state and federal governments, will incorporate contemporary learning spaces and modern equipment that will help train Tasmanians for work in the water and energy sectors.
The new building, which will have a floor area of more than 5000 square metres spread across two levels, is being built adjacent to existing construction and allied trades workshops to create a trades training hub at the campus.
Skills, Training and Workforce Growth Minister Roger Jaensch said the new building would be re-configurable so it could cater for the future needs of industry.
“The Centre will allow TasTAFE to increase its training capacity across trades such as plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning and electrotechnology,” Mr Jaensch said.
“The Centre will also cater for emerging industries such as poly welding and hydrogen, helping to build a skilled workforce to support significant water, energy and infrastructure projects currently in the pipeline.”
Federal Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam said the centre would secure the jobs of the future for Tasmania’s energy and water sectors.
“A world-class training facility right here in Tasmania will ensure that young Tasmanians have more opportunities to get the skills and education they need to have a fulfilling career,” he said.
“This centre will train Tasmanians for jobs that are absolutely vital to the future of this state, and it is great to see this partnership between the state and federal governments and industry deliver on this important commitment.”
The building phase will take about 12 months, with the Centre expected to be completed and ready to offer training in the first half of 2023.