Construction of a $5.6 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus has begun, with works on the $4.6 million Stage 2 section of the project now underway. Stage 1 works included the creation of rail signalling workshops and introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications supporting METRONET manufacturing and maintenance. this enabled a pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi to commence a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 1, 2021, and people with a WA electrical licence to undertake a Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 2, 2021.
The new facilities will also cater to the increased demand for training driven by the expansion of the 'Lower fees, local skills' initiative. Many courses included in the program are essential to METRONET, including: