May 8, 2018
IBSA Manufacturing was on hand to celebrate the return of key Textiles and Furnishing trades to WA.
Sue Ellery, WA Minister for Education and Training, welcomed guests to North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth, the venue for the relaunch and the campus responsible for delivering apprenticeship training in the following trades previously delivered interstate:
- Automotive & Marine Trimming
- Flooring Technology
- Furniture Furnishing
- Manufactured Textile Products
- Timber and Composite Machinist
Acknowledging the thin markets that exist for these trades, Minister Ellery was proud to deliver on her Government’s election promise to return the delivery of key trades to WA, and their ongoing support of the apprenticeship system. Guests at the launch included potential apprentices, interested employers, Australian Apprenticeship Support Network employees, and the TAFE teachers themselves – the perfect location for this mix of interested parties to tour the facilities and discuss the details with key personnel from the various organisations.
Apprenticeships are expected to commence mid-year. Kay Gerard, Textile, Clothing and Footwear IRC Member and CEO of the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council WA is to be commended for her tireless lobbying on this matter.