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New training facilities give Royal Life Saving Society students the edge


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Students at the Royal Life Saving Society have received a significant boost from the Gillard Government with the completion of new training and education facilities in Perth.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, today opened the facilities, which includes new training rooms at Challenge Stadium and Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre, as well as the refurbishment of existing training facilities at Fremantle Leisure Centre.

“The Gillard Government has invested $746,000 into the Royal Life Saving Society to ensure that students are receiving training opportunities that are relevant to their future employment,” Senator Evans said.

“They will now be able to train with the same industry-standard equipment that is used in workplaces. This gives them a big advantage when it comes time for them to enter the workforce.”

Students will receive instructions in a range of areas including aquatic safety, pool operations and emergency care.

The grant was provided through the Investing in Community Education and Training element of the Australian Government’s $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training.

“The Gillard Government established this fund to help training providers in the vocational sector around the country,” Senator Evans said.

“These providers, such as the Royal Life Saving Society, offer job-ready accredited vocational education and training programs. With this funding, they can enhance their programs by improving their facilities, increasing the availability of their courses and better preparing their trainees for the workforce.”

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia, WA Branch, contributed $100,000 to the Perth project and the City of Bayswater made land available for the Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre training room.