Shayne Neumann MP and WestMAC principal Geoff McLay at the site of the new trade centre.
Shayne Neumann MP and WestMAC principal Geoff McLay at the site of the new trade centre. Inga Williams

New trade hub set to skill up students and create 150 jobs

A NEW trade skills centre at West Moreton Anglican College is set to provide 150 jobs during construction and give students the know-how to move into a local workforce dominated by manufacturing.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann and Geoff McLay, principal of West Moreton Anglican College, recently toured the new West Moreton Region Trade Skills Centre which will give local students a competitive edge in a trade career.

The new $3.4 million facility, partially funded by the previous Federal Labor Government's contribution $1.5 million, will give around 130 local students the opportunity to get hands on experience in robotics, design, machining, engineering, manufacturing and construction when it opens in July.

Mr Neumann said those were the skills that were needed in "our very heavily manufacturing dominated western corridor".

"About 14% of people who live in the Ipswich region, and are in the workforce, are employed in manufacturing so it is a purpose-built facility that caters to the workforce of our region and also gives young people opportunity."

The trade skills centre will include a robotics laboratory, dedicated design space, machine shop and general workshops.

Large open plan manufacturing and construction workshops, spray booths, welding bays, staff accommodation and over $300,000 of specialist, commercial level equipment and machinery will also feature.

Mr McLay welcomed the new centre.

"Whether students choose a trade or go on to university, having this facility on site means our students will be better prepared for both current and future workplaces, and have real hands on skills."



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