Access Training Centre opens doors for employment opportunities in the Upper Spencer Gulf

Peter Slattery, Brett Benbow, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Mandy Jordan, John Katopodis and Geoff Brock at the Access Training Centre grand opening.
Peter Slattery, Brett Benbow, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Mandy Jordan, John Katopodis and Geoff Brock at the Access Training Centre grand opening.

A specialised training centre opened in Port Augusta is increasing employment opportunities in the region.

The new Access Training Centre will deliver training to multiple industries including mining and resources, construction energy, transport and logistics etc, specialising in high-risk and accredited training.

Although the Port Augusta office was opened full time four years ago, the larger facility will cater for the increasing demand for services as industries in the region continue to diversify and grow.

Access Training Centre Regional Manager Many Jordan said the support from the Upper Spencer Gulf community has been overwhelming.

"In the four months that the doors have been opened we have seen students access training from across the region and some coming from as far away as Ceduna, Broken Hill, Yorke Peninsula and Adelaide," she said.

"The new facility has enabled us to triple the number of courses we can now run with new additions such as rigging, dogging, crane licensing and earth-moving.

"The Rigging infrastructure is the only one of its kind in the State and was designed specifically by our Trainers."

Project costs totalled over $1.5 million with $200,000 assistance from Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program.

The new Rigging infrastructure alone was constructed at a cost of over $120 000.

"I really cannot thank our dedicated local team for all of their hard work and professionalism. Both our administration and training staff always go that extra mile," Ms Jordan said.

"The support we receive from the staff in our Adelaide office is also vital as it enables us to provide a top quality service, tailored for the specific needs our clients across the region."

The Port Augusta facility provides training to major organisations across the Upper Spencer Gulf and Far North including Liberty Onesteel, Oz Minerals, Nyrstar and ARTC.

Traditionally, most of these training opportunities have only been available in Adelaide making access for regional students expensive and time-costly.

Access to these skill sets will enable the region to upskill workforce to prepare for upcoming major projects and ongoing work in the future.