A NEW era in apprentice training begins today with the Hunter Valley Training Company announcing plans to build a $5 million skills centre at Rutherford.
Hunter Valley Training Company chairman Bob Cameron will join executive director Kay Sharp and Maitland MP Robyn Parker for the project announcement at Telarah this morning.
Mr Cameron said the new premises would replace the present East Greta Junction site, where training has been conducted for the past 26 years.
The new site is in Spitfire Place, near Anambah Road, at Rutherford.
Work on the new centre is expected to start early next year.
Present plans are for the new centre to be in operation by early 2014.
“The new centre will enable the company’s registered training organisation, Hunter-V-Tec, to meet the changing nature of training,’’ Mr Cameron said.
“We will have better facilities and more space to offer new courses, non-accredited, accredited and short courses, alongside traditional training.”
The centre would help overcome constraints at the present site caused by a heritage listing and other, privately-operated activities, Mrs Sharp said.
She said the existing East Greta Junction site would be used for rail transport.
The training company’s head office will also move to the Rutherford site.
Hunter-V-Tec trains more than 180 apprentices and trainees a year and specialises in trades for the mining, manufacturing and rail industries.
It was established in 1981, employs 90 people and has 11 offices in NSW.