Home to Agricultural Mechanisation Centre and FREE training
Muresk Institute is set to become home to a new $7.5 million Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation to train farm machinery technicians in new and emerging technologies.
The specialist centre forms part of the State Government’s $167.4 million infrastructure investment in TAFE, and was announced by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan on site this morning.
WA is Australia’s largest grain-growing region and, as the rate of technology adoption escalates, the demand for agricultural machinery apprentices is expected to grow significantly.
The farm mechanisation sector is critical to good crop yields and profitability and a centralised specialist training centre was identified by industry as key to its success.
The new centre, coupled with industry partnerships and affordable and free training options for the agricultural sector, will help ensure a pipeline of skilled workers.
A new free skill set in harvesting was also announced, assisting Western Australian farmers to meet seasonal workloads for seeding and harvest. This skill set, along with the Work in Agriculture Skill Set announced in July, are part of the State Government’s $25 million Recovery Skill sets package.
The skill sets provide an ideal introductory training opportunity for new entrants to the agricultural industry, helping to meet the immediate and emerging skills needs of the multi-billion dollar sector.
Pictured below: Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan announcing the new infrastructure and free training at Muresk Institue.