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Training excels in Wiluna

Training in Wiluna has seen recent success due to a partnership between the Wiluna Remote Community School (WRCS) and Central Regional TAFE (CRT).

After a significant community effort, the WRCS opened a Vocational Education Training Centre in June this year. CRT has provided support for the centre and is currently training students in Automotive, and Conservation and Land Management programs.

It has been some time since vocational training has been available in Wiluna, with CRT lecturers now spending periods of time in the town teaching courses tailored to suit the needs of the students and their desired employment pathways.

Wiluna Remote Community School Principal Adriano Truscott believes the practical and relevant nature of the training is preparing students for real jobs in the region.

“The training centre is building bridges to a lot of places; it’s something for the kids to achieve and look forward to” Mr Truscott said.  

“It has resulted in increasing and maintaining high attendance and retention rates over the last few months” he said.

“Kids stay back after class, even after the bell has rang because they can see a future for themselves in this work” he said.

A significant amount of community support for the new training centre has been received, including from the Wiluna Shire who assist in facilitating outcomes by linking the training to community needs. Blackham Resources also provide in-kind support for the development of the centre and continually assist CRT lecturers.

Desert Support Services (DSS) has also shown their support by enrolling their Ranger staff in the training and partnering with the WRCS to provide opportunities for Rangers to mentor high school students who have aspirations for future employment with them. This, on occasion, has included remote area field trips.

Central Regional TAFE Director of Training Services Kalgoorlie, Ty Theodore, said the college was very pleased to once again be training in Wiluna and supporting the WRCS in making the new VET centre a success.  

“Our lecturers have thoroughly enjoyed teaching in Wiluna, and seeing the excitement and dedication of the students towards the training is really what it’s all about” Mr Theodore said.

“As the region’s only state vocational training provider we want to provide training that is meaningful and will ensure students are prepared and job ready” he said.

“Thanks to the success of the partnership with the Wiluna Remote Community School we hope to expand our course offerings there in the future” he said.

The local traditional owners provided ongoing support and guidance to the WRCS in the establishment of the centre and continue to visit regularly. Mr Truscott said the senior traditional owners are very happy these opportunities are available in Wiluna.


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Ranger on a field trip with students                Ranger and CRTAFE Lecturer  during class with students.
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