Construction has started on upgrades to the North Regional TAFE Roebourne campus as part of the State Government’s plan to bolster training and jobs in the Pilbara. The $7.9 million project will deliver contemporary multi-purpose training facilities to the Minurmarghali Mia campus, including four new classrooms to replace transportable buildings, a new industry workshop for construction trades training and upgrades to the light automotive workshop. The contract was awarded to WA construction company Devlyn Australia, with Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects named as the lead architect. Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said the project would make the campus an attractive place for locals to come and learn. “Projects like this ensure people from the Pilbara can live in the region, have access to state-of-the-art training and then use those skills to gain local job opportunities,” he said. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the region was vital to WA’s economic prosperity and making local training available was important in building a skilled workforce. The buildings were designed in consultation with local Aboriginal people and completion is slated for late 2022. More than 3500 students are currently in publicly funded vocational education and training courses in the Pilbara across TAFE and private providers, a 25 per cent increase from this time last year.