The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI), representatives from local schools and the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission developed and launched the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Education Charter earlier this month.

Articulating the importance of lifelong learning for all members of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, the Charter was launched by the Build the Knowledge Economy Growing Kalgoorlie-Boulder Stakeholder Group at John Paul College.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said all local Primary and Secondary schools, the Goldfields Education Regional Office, Central Regional TAFE and the West Australian School of Mines had endorsed the Charter, as well as its ethos of ‘learning for life’.

“This collaborate approach to education demonstrates the strength of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s education and training sector by the various partners and providers coming together to support local students, employees and the wider community to learn, develop and grow,” he said.

“Through the Charter, the City and partners also want to facilitate continuous engagement in local education, training and research. This is currently being driven by the Stakeholder Group, with partners regularly meeting to discuss and develop local events, resources and initiatives to support Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s world-class education and training offerings,” Mr Walker concluded.

KBCCI CEO Simone de Been concurred it was fantastic to see the level of support at the Charter’s launch.

“The KBCCI are proud to be involved and support the Education Charter for life long learning. It is important to continually up skill our staff and support them in their training and development.

“We have fantastic schools here in the Goldfields and the Stakeholder Group is a great way to collaborate with other organisations and come up with new initiatives,” Ms de Been said.

The West Australian School of Mines were also supportive of the Charter’s impact.

“Curtin’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering supports the concept of lifelong learning, and are working on seamless pathways and short courses to make this a reality for all,” said WASM Head of School Professor Vishnu Pareek.

Local businesses are being encouraged to sign up to the Education Charter, pledging their commitment to accessing ongoing training, professional development and learning opportunities for both themselves and their staff. Interested businesses can contact the City’s Economic Development team via email or by phoning (08) 9021 9600.