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GE to open industry training centre in Perth

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Multinational company GE plans to open a state-of-the-art technology and learning centre in Perth, to develop highly skilled staff for rapid-growth industries in Australia. Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Chris Evans said the centre is an opportunity to promote Australia and leverage shared skills to advance the local workforce. "We have the chance to become a breeding ground for oil and gas expertise throughout the world." The $80 million centre will act as a hub for all of GE’s regional training, supporting growth in the oil and gas, energy, mining, transportation and water industries. Senator Evans made the announcement last week alongside GE's Global Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt. The centre is to be built on a 100,000 square metre site at Jandakot Airport and will house GE’s Western Australian headquarters, along with a facility for engineering and leadership training. GE Australia and New Zealand’s President and CEO, Steve Sargent emphasised the importance of training and development fuelling Australia’s economic growth. "Working with the Australian Government to invest in a highly skilled labour force is going to create tremendous value for both the industries that are thriving here-and the local economy," he said. "It is about business aligning with Government plans to invest in the critical skills needed to support growth." Construction of the first stage of the complex is to be completed in September.

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