Contract awarded to build $38 million Mining and Engineering Centre

05/02/2013

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Construction is set to begin on a $38.3 million Mining and Engineering Centre at TAFE SA
Regency Park following the awarding of a $30.4 million construction contract to Hansen and
Yuncken.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister, Grace Portolesi said that the facility will
help meet the training needs of the 25,000 new workers that are projected to be required by
mining, engineering and allied industries over the next 5 years.

"This will be a centre for training excellence in Australia, using state of the art facilities to
support training and skill improvement in the mining, engineering, advanced manufacturing,
transport and defence industries.

"There are currently about 3000 full and part time students programs participating in these
programs, across a number of TAFE centres around the state.

"This new facility will bring these students together in one location, integrating a number of
programs and training courses and making it easier for students to complete their programs
from the one campus.

"The centre is part of the long-term vision for the State to ensure we have the skilled workforce
to meet the needs of a high growth, high skill economy that is competitive in the global
marketplace.

"Mining and advanced manufacturing are very important components of that vision."
Programs that will be offered at the Centre include:

  • Heavy Vehicle Transport and Diesel Mechanics;
  • Geo Science and Mining;
  • Mechanical and Civil Engineering;
  • Surveying and Spatial Information Services;
  • Welding and Fabrication; and
  • Automotive and Light Vehicle Transport.

"The project is the result of the State Government decision to make the largest ever investment
of more than $200 million in South Australia's vocational education and training infrastructure.

"This includes $120 million for the Sustainable Industries Education Centre at Tonsley Park
and $70 million committed to recent upgrading of TAFE SA facilities around the State.

"Work on the Mining and Engineering Centre is will begin immediately and is scheduled to be
completed by the middle of next year." Ms Portolesi said.