TRAINING for 250 new students has commenced in South Australia’s Mining and Engineering Centre, after the first stage of the centre’s construction was completed last week.

Built in Adelaide’s Regency Park, the centre is a hub for courses previously offered at TAFE campuses and focuses on training for careers in mining, engineering, advanced manufacturing, defence and transport industries.

The first phase provides for advanced manufacturing up-and-comers with specially designed workshops and classrooms providing students with hands-on experience. The second phase will include programs for heavy vehicle, geoscience and land information management and is expected to be completed by December 2013.

“This centre will be critical in helping to sustain the State’s economic prosperity,” South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said.

“It will train thousands of new workers to meet skills demand across a range of Australia’s most important sectors.”

The centre is scheduled for completion mid-2014. For more information, click here.