Training centre to stay open

Transpower training centre at Omaka
Transpower training centre at Omaka

Transpower says its Omaka training centre, in Blenheim, is to remain open and will be staffed as required.

However, it is unclear if job numbers will be affected by changes planned at the centre.

The Marlborough Express contacted the Government-owned electricity network provider after speculation that the centre at Omaka was to be moved in March.

Communications manager Rebecca Wilson confirmed yesterday that the centre would continue operating.

"The Omaka training centre will be staffed on an as-required basis, as are our other training centres around the country."

The centre employs 10 staff, some permanent and some temporary, but it was not clear how many people would lose their jobs.

"Only some of these roles will be affected by the changes," she said.

She declined to answer whether staff were being made redundant or how many Blenheim-based staff were employed at the centre.

"I cannot comment on any specific, personal questions related to the employment of our staff."

About 500 people were trained on lines work at the centre in the past year, which accounted for about 15 per cent of lines work training in New Zealand.

The Marlborough Express