Training underway at the Komatsu Training Academy

A new $6 million training academy, opened in Welshpool, Perth by Komatsu, will offer future resources workers and tradies the opportunity to hone their skills and create the workforce of the future.

The opening of the training academy coincides with Komatsu doubling its annual investment in training to $12 million dollars. 

Construction of the recently completed Perth training academy includes advanced workshop training rooms, a 30t crane heavy lifting bay, and labs dedicated to hydraulics and electronics. 

Komatsu Regional General Manager, Glenn Swift said the purpose-built facility is Komatsu’s response to a critical skills shortage, particularly in Western Australia’s resource sector.

A workshop inside the Komatsu Training Academy.

A workshop inside the Komatsu Training Academy. Image credit: Komatsu.

“Skills and labour shortages are a significant challenge for the resource sector. We need to invest in training and upskilling programs to ensure that our workforce is equipped with the necessary skills to meet the demand for these industries,” Mr Swift said. 

Komatsu’s training centre offers both apprentice and post-trade technical training in mining and construction industry jobs with a focus on diesel mechanics, auto electricians and fabricators.

Komatsu said research shows that upon completion of Komatsu’s Award-Winning apprenticeship program, Komatsu’s customer facing people will be approximately one year ahead of an equivalent conventionally trained apprentice who has completed an apprenticeship outside of this system.

The company said this is due to innovative training methods incorporating VR/AR and its highly proficient educators. 

Komatsu General Manager Training and Capability, Janine Gurney, said apprentices gain experience in next-generation technology including telemetry and driverless trucks as well as learning essential life skills.

“It’s about fitting into the broader company culture where we focus on safety, community, career progression and access to the latest technologies. Our aim is that the apprenticeship is the first step in a lifelong career with us,” Ms Gurney said.

Ms Gurney said the company aims to train 600 apprentices by 2025.

Women filled nearly half of the 2023 intake of 75 places and the 2024 intake will open in July. 

Featured image: Training underway at the Komatsu Training Academy. Image credit: Komatsu.

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