Peter Garrett the Minister for School Education Announces $219.6 Million for 58 New Trade Training Centres
(News4us.com) November 5, 2010
Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett today announced $219.6 million for 58 new Trade Training Centres that will create vocational education pathways for students at 195 secondary schools around Australia.
The funding announced today is part of the $2.5 billion investment in vocational education and opportunities for students delivered through the Trade Training Centres in Schools program to build or upgrade vocational training facilities in secondary schools.
“Improved vocational and education training opportunities are at the centre of the next stage of the education revolution and underpin our nation’s prosperity. We are positioning our education system to enable our kids to acquire the skills to make the most of opportunities created by our growing economy,” Mr Garrett said.
Mr Garrett made the announcement today while touring construction of a $22 million cluster Trade Training Centre at Southern Cross Vocational College in Sydney with the Member for Reid John Murphy.
“I am very pleased that the Minister could be here today to tour this terrific facility and see the effort that eleven local schools have put in to establish this Trade Training cluster to offer Certificate I, II and III qualifications in automotive, carpentry, furniture making, hairdressing and hospitality and I very much look forward to completion of the construction early next year,” Mr Murphy said.
Mr Garrett said the program is helping Australia meet the skills challenges facing Australian industry in a range of fields such as engineering and hospitality.
Mr Garrett said it was very exciting to see schools working together to form clusters and establish joint facilities to broaden the range of training options available for their students and meet industry needs.
“It is a fantastic example of schools working together across government and independent school sectors with a focus on delivering the best outcomes and opportunities for our kids.”
“We want to build an education system that gives our young people the skills they need to contribute to our national economy, and importantly provides the personal and life skills they need to be active citizens and positive contributors to their local communities.”
“I’ve visited several of these sites and it’s great to see kids get the chance to attain trades and technical qualifications in well-equipped, modern facilities whilst completing their secondary studies (Year 12),” he said.
“We want to make every school a great school and to deliver the Gillard Government’s investment in trade training, record funding to the education sector, computers in schools, better school infrastructure and greater support for our teachers.”
The Trade Training Centres in Schools program has already delivered 35 completed Trade Training Centre projects, 130 projects have also commenced construction and a further 64 are in either the planning or procurement stage.
The Government expects 68 Trade Training Centres to be ready for the 2011 school year, benefiting approximately 170 schools.
Demand for Round Three was high, with 76 applications received, involving 222 schools.
The continued interest by schools is a measure of the effectiveness of the strong partnerships the Australian Government has in place with state and territory governments, and the Catholic and Independent school sectors.
Unsuccessful round three applicants, as well as new applicants are eligible to apply for funding in Round Four, which will be announced early in 2011.
Under the program secondary schools can apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million for Trade Training Centres.
Further information about the Trade Training Centres in Schools program and a list of successful Round Three schools is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.
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