UPGRADES and the refurbishment of the IEA College of TAFE’s Kimbe campus are complete and ready for full operation in semester two commencing 18 July 2016.

Supported by West New Britain governor Sasindra Muthuvel, the project was contracted to Hausman Building Solutions – Lae, with all work on site managed and completed by local firm, Gaton Construction.

As part of the project, the group constructed two double story buildings housing eight large classrooms, two office areas and two multi-functional areas suitable for small training groups, storage space, or additional office areas.

In addition the build comprised an ablution block, a large hauswin designed with seating and powered for TAFE participants to utilise as an outdoor learning and relaxation environment.

Two existing double story training buildings also underwent a considerable upgrade and refurbishment.

In the second semester of 2016, the campus will offer all existing programs with the addition of Certificate IV in Business Administration, Information Technology – Networking, Accounting, Certificate II in Tourism and the organisation is planning an additional night class in computers for beginners.

The campus will also be engaging with businesses and industry to deliver specific training to meet their needs.

Earlier in the year, the Kimbe TAFE campus opened phase one for business in semester one offering fulltime day and part-time evening training in four courses: Certificate II in Tourism and Certificate III’s in Business Administration, Finance Administration and Information Technology.

The opening created six new full time jobs and had an initial cohort of 70 students.

IEA College of TAFE manager Ross McDermott was pleased with the work at the Kimbe campus.

“The overall design and construction quality is excellent. The Kimbe TAFE campus is a first class vocational training facility providing the people of West New Britain the opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and attitudes to make them work ready and an asset to employers.”

“For those already employed we offer the opportunity to enhance their skills and help further their careers,” Mr McDermott added.