Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced two ground-breaking automation courses will commence at South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus from Semester 2, 2019.

This is the first achievement of the Resource Industry Collaboration between the McGowan Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program.

The Collaboration includes Rio Tinto and other major employers, such as FMG, BHP and Komatsu, representatives from TAFE WA, Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and was created by the McGowan Government in 2018 to build the skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce.

The new automation courses will position WA workers to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities automation is expected to deliver to the industry and economy.

The two new courses are:

  • Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace — this micro-credential course offers a skill set that trade qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve or upgrade their skills in automation to meet future workforce and industry needs; and
  • the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations — to be delivered as a pilot VET course for secondary students from Cecil Andrews College, Gilmore College, Baldivis Secondary College and Karratha Senior High School.
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