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New College will meet Agrifood Training Needs

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article image At the opening of the Australian College of Training’s new dedicated agriculture and food vocational college at Victoria Park, WA, is WA Minister for Energy and Training, Peter Collier, with Australian College of Training Principals Christina and Ter

At a time of economic upheaval and uncertainty, Australian College of Training has demonstrated its confidence in the future of Western Australian agriculture with the opening of the state’s first dedicated food and agriculture vocational college.

Opening the $2.5 million centre at Victoria Park, WA, on Wednesday, February 4, WA Minister for Energy and Training, Peter Collier, said it would be a valuable asset to the state’s agriculture and food sector, addressing key skill needs and re-training the workforce.

“It’s extremely pleasing to see a private Registered Training Organisation working closely with industry to provide the flexible training arrangements they require,” Mr Collier said.  

“It has also clearly demonstrated what can be achieved when a private Registered Training Organisation has a solid working relationship with the State Government and Department of Education and Training, which actively facilitates development of the training industry.

“This will be an exciting year for the college, as it will become involved in delivering apprenticeship training in WA for the first time,” Mr Collier said.   Australian College of Training is recognised as a leader, winning the 2008 Australian Training Award and WA Training Excellence Award.   It offers a wide range of training courses in the food, beverage, meat and stock feed processing sectors in metropolitan and country areas in WA and throughout Australia.   In doing so, it’s changed people’s lives for the better, issuing 800 full qualifications and with 18,600 units completed of 20,000 commenced – a completion rate of 92 per cent.  

Terry Richards, CEO of Australian College of Training, said the College’s dedicated staff had helped nurture its growth from a home business started by himself and his wife, Christina, to a major training provider in just five years.  

“I know Christina shares my pride and appreciation for our dedicated team,” he said.  

The College enrolled more than 1100 students in 2008/09, of whom 356 were funded by the WA Department of Education and Training. Across Australia, 115 companies are involved with traineeships with the College. Since it began it has taught 1896 students.

Education exports contribute $5.2 billion to the Australian economy and WA contributes 36 per cent of that.  

“We’re proud to be a part of Australia’s education and training success, while making a major contribution to its dynamic agricultural and food production and manufacturing sectors,” Mr Richards said.  

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