Government delivering new employment training centre in Clarence
01 June 2017
- Work has begun on Oakdale Industries' new Employment Training Centre
- The ongoing equipment upgrade is on track to be completed later this year
Significant upgrades to timber manufacturing training facilities at Oakdale Industries in Warrane are well underway with works beginning on the new employment training centre. The new centre will help to upskill young Tasmanians and create more employment pathways into the future.
The $4 million two-stage upgrade will enable the company to increase its manufacturing capacity which will create up to 34 local jobs. The project is being funded from the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.
“Oakdale Industries, operated by OAK Possability, is a leading employer of workers living with a disability, and this project will provide much needed training opportunities assisting them to become job-ready,” Minister Nash said.
“When complete, Oakdale Industries will create an additional nine full time positions over the next two years—increasing their total workforce to 49.”
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz joined the community for the launch and said the project will support the Federal and State Liberal Government's job creation agenda, which is already bearing fruit.
“I am pleased that OAK has already started installing and upgrading equipment including two wood moulders and a mechanical handling system,” Senator Abetz said.
“The new training facility, which is now under construction, is an important investment which will not only create jobs but also open up new opportunities for young Tasmanians.”
Since 2013, we've seen the unemployment rate fall from 8.1% to 5.8% thanks to the close collaboration between the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team and the Tasmanian Liberal Government. The delivery of this project is an important job creator for the Warrane community and the city of Clarence as a whole.”
“This investment will also be supported by the State Liberal Government's Budget, handed down yesterday, which is completely focused on creating job opportunities for young Tasmanians.”
OAK Possability Chief Executive Officer Drew Beswick said Oakdale Industries has a proud history over 50 years of manufacturing timber products and providing training and employment to people with disability.
“We look forward to another 50 years of Oakdale Industries providing much needed training and employment to Tasmanians with disability, and supporting their path to independence,” Mr Beswick said.
This project has been fully funded by the Federal Government with all components scheduled for completion in November 2017.