A new training centre at Broome’s TAFE campus has just opened, featuring state-of the-art hospitality and hair and beauty facilities. Training Minister Simone McGurk officially opened the $11.8 million upgraded centre on Thursday. The renovations were designed by Broome-based firm Engawa Architects and built by Broome building company H&M Tracey. The project includes an outdoor meeting place, a training restaurant, commercial kitchen, an alfresco cafe and a spa-like training space. Ms McGurk said the upgrades were well-timed for the upcoming peak tourism season in the Kimberley. “It’s fantastic to know that students are training in world-class facilities that will deliver the skills to ensure they’re job-ready,” she said. “The Broome TAFE campus is the largest training facility in the Kimberley region, with more than 1000 students enrolled in training so far this year. “North Regional TAFE has four campuses receiving major upgrades as part of the record $243.3m investment upgrading TAFEs across Western Australia, allowing more people in the regions to train locally.” Ms McGurk said some of the facilities were even better than the industry standard. “It’s really a massive upgrade,” she said. “The upgrades are crucial because vocational training is so important.” “At the moment, we’ve got a skill shortage and we need to do everything we can to train local people, particularly in the regions, to fill the skills we need.” Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna said Broome had a thriving tourism and hospitality industry and these facilities would provide students access to the best training facilities where they lived and worked. “These facilities will also hopefully be a drawcard for international students so they can study in the region and enjoy everything the Kimberley has to offer,” Ms D’Anna said.