May 20, 2013

New Skills Training Centre for the Kimberley

Kununurra residents will reap the benefits of the Kimberley Group Training Skills Training Centre project which is being partly funded through Round Three of the Federal Labor Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Kimberley Group Training Inc. will receive $500,000 toward the cost of the $2.5 million skills centre incorporating dedicated learning spaces and two large training rooms with equipment, together with administrative offices.

Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese said the Skills Centre would improve the employability of students and ultimately lead to higher retention levels in mainstream employment.

“This project will help ensure that skilled labour is aligned to the training needs of the region. The Centre will support people who want to complete apprenticeships and traineeships and help improve their employment prospects,” he said.

This project will deliver employment benefits to the region, creating jobs immediately throughout the project’s construction and more jobs when the centre is up and running next year.

“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment both in its construction, operation, and through the training it delivers,” Mr Albanese said.

Across Australia, 79 projects are receiving funding under the latest round.

“The latest round of regional funding builds on our record $14 billion for community projects and continues our long-term investment in local communities including in health and hospitals, higher education, the NBN and infrastructure,” Mr Albanese said.

The project is expected to be completed by early next year.

More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au