A new $21 million energy training centre in Gladstone is set to help provide opportunities for locals to break into the region’s LNG job market.
The energy training centre will be built at the Gladstone’s TAFE campus and provide training opportunities for people wanting to gain skills for work in the booming gas industry.
Skills and Training Minister Brendan O'Connor said the facility would include simulators so students could train in a safe, virtual environment before progressing to live equipment.
“The project has been designed to respond to regional demand for skills, particularly the $60 billion worth of coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas projects around Gladstone,” O’Connor said.
“The centre will mean industry will be able to employ local graduates with job-ready skills, who have learnt in a highly practical environment.”
The Federal Government has contributed $16.6 million towards the centre, with another $4m from the Queensland Government.
The new facility is set to offer 140 additional training places for locals and 67 jobs during the construction period.
The centre will include two classrooms and a simulation facility to enable a work-like experience.
It is not yet certain when construction will begin, and no word on when the facility is expected to be operational.
Limited training opportunities in the region has seen complaints from locals as well as unions who want locals to be considered for jobs first.
O’Connor said the new centre would be one of a kind in the region and would stop the need for people to travel out of Central Queensland to acquire necessary skills.