A new trade training centre that will supply workers for the Inpex gas plant has been launched in Darwin.
The Japanese company Inpex and French oil and gas giant Total are investing $3 million in the Larrakia Development Corporation’s new centre.
The centre will provide training in trades including electrical, automotive mechanic and plumbing.
Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson said the commitment in the $4.5 million centre was another step toward the gas project’s establishment in Darwin.
“It is going to be a significant feeder, particularly into the apprenticeship program that Inpex want to see running through the life of the construction of this plant,” Mr Henderson said.
“And not only during the construction phase, but also the ongoing operation and maintenance phase of the projects.”
Greg Constantine, from the Larrakia Development Corporation, said the school would focus on training in numeracy and literacy to get students up to trade-required standards.
“There are other trade facilities around Darwin that do offer apprenticeships, however the students must meet certain benchmarks before they’re able to participate,” Mr Constantine said.
“What we are trying to do is give those who do not meet that benchmark an opportunity that they would not otherwise have.”
Mr Constantine said the school aimed to graduate 600 students a year.