New partnership digs up earthworks training opportunity

 TAFE Western takes delivery new JCB equipment

JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) and TAFE Western recently announced a new alliance to provide specialist earthworks operator training, assessment and skills accreditation.

As JCB CEA’s recommended training provider for operator accreditation in NSW, TAFE Western will deliver nationally recognised training and assessment across the state. The programme will ensure that participants get the best out of their equipment and become accredited operators through competency-based training and assessment or tailored assessment-only pathways.

JCB CEA is the Australian distributor for JCB - one of the largest manufacturers of construction equipment in the world. JCB CEA has over 35 years of experience in the Australian construction industry and offers a comprehensive range of new and used JCB construction machinery, parts and equipment.

Mr Phil Withell, JCB Construction Equipment Australia’s NSW State Manager said that the company recognised the potential of complementing their equipment with nationally recognised accreditation through competency based training and assessment. 

“We are looking forward to this fruitful partnership where we can play an important role in making plant owners and operators aware of the tremendous advantages to them of accessing TAFE Western’s high quality, cost effective and tailored services for their staff and associates.”

Mr Brad Polak, TAFE Western’s Director of Business Capability said, “This exciting new partnership will provide a number of options for flexible and customised on and offsite training and assessment to meet the business needs of JCB customers.

“TAFE Western is a leading provider of civil construction and earthworks training.  To ensure we continue to provide our students with the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment, on the most up to date industry standard equipment, we have also recently purchased several JCB machines including a skid steer loader, loader backhoe and an excavator.”

Training and assessment programmes can be offered through:

  • Recognition of prior skills
  • Face to face classes and
  • Onsite workshops

More information regarding this innovative and customised training program can be found at or via email at