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WesTrac Collie training centre gets funding boost

New facilities in regional WA to expand Cat dealer’s training capacity

New training facilities are set to be built for WesTrac at its Technology Training Centre in Western Australia after it received $1 million in State Government Funding.

The investment, which was part of the McGowan Government’s Futures Industry Development Find, will see the Cat dealer build new facilities at its Collie-based centre to further expand the training services offered.

With the development, the WesTrac Technology Training Centre will offer a broader range of courses at the centre, which is the only one of its kind outside of the United States.

Among the new facilities includes virtual reality training as well as therapy rooms, reception, administration and a multipurpose room. New plant and machinery will also be purchased for the centre, and communications infrastructure will be further enhanced.

WesTrac chief executive Jarvas Croome says the technology centre has already delivered courses to nearly 500 people and continues to provide an apprentice pathway and industry skills development in the state.

“Since launching in 2020, the WesTrac Technology Training Centre has delivered autonomous operations training courses to more than 450 people,” Croome says.

“To date, that has predominantly involved people working in the resources industry and needing to upskill, however we have also run a pilot program in partnership with the not-for-profit Motivation Foundation, which supports young people to earn qualifications and secure full-time employment.”

At the funding announcement, which took place in early September, WA Premier Mark McGowan says the investment in Collie as an industrial hub will create jobs for the present and the future.

“The WesTrac Technology Training Centre is part of Collie’s future, putting the South West town on the map as a national centre of excellence for autonomous equipment training – with ongoing benefits to WA industry and the community.”

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