Local training providers to assist Kemerton Plant's development: Albemarle

Wheels in motion: Albemarle and the State Government are seeking local training providers to assist with the Kemerton Lithium Plant's development. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Wheels in motion: Albemarle and the State Government are seeking local training providers to assist with the Kemerton Lithium Plant's development. Photo: Emily Sharp.

The Kemerton Lithium Plant is set to greatly benefit the local workforce and the South-West economy, according to Albemarle.

The corporation is now calling upon local training providers to assist in a range of areas, including emergency management/response and maintenance/reliability.

The training institutions must already be established within the South-West or Peel regions.

An Albemarle spokesperson said they were committed to developing more opportunities for local businesses.

"With growing workforce numbers for a project of this scale, the operating plant will host a workforce typical of a chemical plant, including operators, maintenance staff, team leaders and supervisors, with a diverse range of training requirements," they said.

"Albemarle recently advertised for expressions of interest from training providers, and are keen to form partnerships with local providers as they invest in their people and build the workforce for operational readiness.

"These relationships will extend beyond the construction phase into ongoing operations."

A State Government spokesperson said both they and Albemarle had the region's best interests at heart.

"The government has made it clear that we want to see workers in the South-West employed on this project, and have been in discussion with Albemarle on this issue," they said.

"We are also working with TAFE to ensure they have the courses available to train local workers so they have the right skillset to apply for jobs that will arise.

"We will continue to engage with local workers, businesses, unions and other stakeholders on these issues."

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the plant would provide numerous incentives for the region and the state.

"It is really pleasing to see Albemarle restricting expressions of interest from training providers for their Kemerton plant to institutions that are already operating in the surrounding region, as this absolutely maximises the opportunities for local businesses," he said.

"Local businesses will see significant new opportunities resulting not just from the construction phase of this project but also from its ongoing operations."

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union state secretary Steve McCartney said more still needed to be done to assist local companies and people.

"Our campaign to help local businesses, workers, and apprentices hasn't stopped," he said.

"We plan to keep pushing until we get some more positive outcomes."

Expressions of interest must be sent to kemertontrainingdepartment@albemarle.com by 5pm on January 31.