Third lot of students welcomed

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
A new cohort of process plant operations students will join exsisting students in the school’s program nexr year.
Camera IconA new cohort of process plant operations students will join exsisting students in the school’s program nexr year. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Gilmore College is welcoming its third cohort of Year 11 students to undertake process plant operation training at the school’s Peron Training Centre.

The world-class centre, which cost about $3.5 million to develop, was officially opened two years ago, with the first group of students using the centre in 2016 to complete a Certificate II in Process Plant Operations.

Gilmore College industry and enterprise co-ordinator Patrice Kilpatrick said while the program — open to Year 11 and 12 students with an interest in the oil and gas industry — was becoming increasingly popular, only 16 students could be selected for next year’s program.

“It’s gone from strength to strength. The first group set the bar really high,” she said.

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“It’s given them skills, not only technical, but behavioural as well. Part of the success is the partnership we have with the industry.

“The students have options to go straight into the industry as apprentices or trainees or they can take the university pathway and go on to study chemical engineering.”

The centre, which includes a plant simulation laboratory, chemistry laboratory and workshop, is the only facility outside of university and TAFE catering to the industrial sector. Working in partnership with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training in Henderson, Quadrant Energy, safety and emergency training specialists ERGT, Kleenheat and Chevron, the program prepares students for employment or further training.

Quadrant training development manager Stewart Allan said the program helped “deliver the workforce and skills of tomorrow”.

“It gives the students a high quality understanding of the industry,” he said. “The behaviours they learn in this facility will be the behaviours they take with them into life.”

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