On Friday 5th February Minister for Energy; Training and Workforce Development Hon. Peter Collier officially re named Central West TAFE as Durack Institute of Technology.
In 2009 the State Government called for TAFE Colleges to re invent themselves in preparation for future employment demands. As a result in 2010 a new era in training has commenced in Western Australia, signifying excellence as its hallmark.
Durack Institute of Technology is a leading provider of Vocational Education & Training not only in WA, but also Australia.
Mr Bert Beevers, Managing Director of Durack Institute of Technology said, "with a new name and identity that signposts future directions and stands us apart from other training providers Durack Institute of Technology has a platform from which to build on its past achievements, enhance and evolve its products and services and grow its student and client base in WA, Australia and Internationally".
"It's an exciting time to be living, studying and working in the Midwest & Gascoyne regions of WA. We are on the cusp of a mining resource sector boom; the construction of a significant port, industrial park and associated rail infrastructure as well as the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder project and the State Governments vision of creating a Smart Midwest . Training will play a vital role in making this vision a reality".
"Our new focus will better position the organisation to take advantage of the significant training opportunities that will become available, re engage our current market and engage additional markets. As our region grows – we will grow to meet the changing needs of our region".
"We believe that the name Durack Institute of Technology will have wide appeal. It is a name that reflects the organisations image of long standing excellence, it conveys our expertise, the value and uniqueness of our products and services plus Durack signifies a region large enough to accommodate growth. The title ‘Institute of Technology' will support the raising of the status of VET qualifications as treasured possessions and encourage young people, in particular, to carefully consider their learning and career pathways".
Durack Institute of Technology currently delivers over 160 Vocational Education and Training courses to approximately 6,000 students in Western Australia, the East Coast of Australia and to on shore international students each year. Durack offers a variety of study modes, including face to face, flexible learning, recognition of prior learning, workshop and workplace delivery. Qualifications range from Certificate I up to Advanced Diploma level as well as Degrees via University contracting arrangements. Courses can be delivered to both the general public and commercial enterprises seeking customised training solutions. Campuses are currently located in Geraldton, Carnarvon and Exmouth. The Wiluna Campus is scheduled to be opened mid 2010. State of the art learning facilities including the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute, close links with industry and professional and dedicated staff offer our students high quality training experiences that set them up to achieve their aspirations for the future.