“With the recent capital upgrades, I think the facilities at Hedland Senior High School would have to be among the best in the state. I have three kids at the school and it is fantastic that all of the students and teachers can now enjoy an attractive and purpose-built learning environment.”

Patrik Mellberg | Parent, Hedland Senior High School

Education

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8,000

students enrolled

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35

schools
(public & private)

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800

teachers

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55%

increase in preference
for Pilbara placement
(2013-15)

Investing in good quality education and training is not only important in providing our children with a solid foundation for reaching their future potential, but is crucial to strengthening the region’s competitiveness and resilience.

The availability of a highly skilled and educated workforce enables business and organisations to respond to changing environments, address challenges and pursue commercial opportunities.

Several priority infrastructure and service delivery programs have been supported to improve access to quality education and training for the Pilbara’s growing population including the construction of the Health and Community Services Training Centre in South Hedland, the Electrical and Instrumentation Training Centre in Karratha and the delivery of a Pilbara Education Attraction and Retention program to attract and retain quality teachers in the region. The development of education enhancing projects and programs throughout the region has aligned with a 7 per cent increase in post school qualifications between 2006 and 2011 and a 55 per cent increase in preference for Pilbara teaching placements between 2013 and 2015.

Future opportunities exist in leveraging the Pilbara’s high level of industrial activity to provide industry-specific research and development, resulting in greater innovation and paving the way for the region to become a significant influence in education, training and knowledge in these areas. There will also be a greater focus on supporting improved education and training outcomes for Aboriginal children and youth across the region with strategies for attendance and engagement and learning support programs in development.

Greater access to quality educational and training opportunities in the Pilbara has the potential to attract and retain families, improve professional development and career advancement, foster innovation and reduce social dislocation and dependence, making it a key part of realising the region’s vision for 2050. The Commission continues to work in partnership with government, industry and business to achieve these strategic objectives that aim to unlock the Pilbara’s potential and make the 2050 vision a reality.

Current Projects

Electrical and Instrumentation Training Centre

The construction and fit out of a purpose-built facility at North Regional TAFE’s Karratha Campus to improve access to training and skills development in the electrical trades with a focus on electrical engineering. The facility provides high quality, industry relevant training previously only available outside of the region. It supports training for electrical apprentices, post trade qualification for electricians and electrical trade career pathways for school levers using state of the art interactive computer based training aides, training rigs and instrumentation. Whilst the Karratha facility is completed and in use, a feeder facility is being finalised at TAFE’s Pundulmurra Campus in South Hedland and will be opened in 2018.


Martu Leadership Project

This project, managed by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, aims to empower young Martu men and women to take a two-way leadership role to improve the social and economic development in remote Aboriginal communities in the East Pilbara. The program will enable participants to gain a better understanding of community management, mainstream law and financial management. It also aims to provide participants with in sharing their culture and country with the broader community.


Pilbara Forward to Fellowship Program

Providing access to high-quality medical practitioners and services is essential to creating places people choose to live and raise a family. The Forward to Fellowship Program supports international doctors to assist with their integration into Australia’s medical system, and in the Pilbara community. The program is being delivered by Rural Health West.


Roebourne Training Lab

The program aims to encourage the creation of local content by local people in Roebourne through the delivery of a series of workshops on cultural content, event management, digital media, and audio visual. Participants will apply their skills to a series of public shows, including the Tjaabi Show regional tour. As a result, the program will increase local capacity to manage arts and culture centres in the region.


Indigenous Cultural Sector Education Development

Wangka Maya is one of the oldest and most respected language and culture organisations in Australia, holding the largest collection of the Pilbara’s language, culture, historical culture and recordings. To meet legislative and technological changes, Wangka Maya is developing its workforce and to deliver certified industry training and education in this sector. This project will deliver a state training plan, local training and skills development, and local language skills development community workshops.

Reports and studies

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