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$384m to boost vocational education in secondary schools

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced 302 secondary schools that were successful under Round Two of the Rudd Government’s Trade Training Centres in Schools program.

More than $384 million will be allocated through the second round of the program to enhance training opportunities for students and help address future labour force shortages in traditional and emerging trades.

The Rudd Government is providing $2.5 billion over 10 years through its Trade Training Centres in Schools program to build or upgrade vocational training facilities in secondary schools.

Under the program secondary schools can apply for funding of between $500 000 and $1.5 million for Trade Training Centres. Many of the successful schools are working together to form clusters and establish joint facilities to broaden the range of training options available for their students.

In Round Two, 223 government schools will receive more than 73 per cent of the funding for 62 projects, 38 Catholic schools will received almost 14 per cent of the funding for 16 projects and 41 Independent schools will receive just under 14 per cent of the funding for 14 projects.

Through the Rudd Government’s Trade Training Centres in Schools Round Two:

  • 109NSWsecondary schools will benefit from almost $155 million
  • 48 secondary schools inVictoriawill benefit from more than $66 million
  • 35 secondary schools inQueenslandwill benefit from more than $40 million
  • 52WAsecondary schools will benefit from almost $58 million
  • 35South Australiansecondary schools will benefit from more than $37 million
  • 12 schools inTasmaniawill benefit from almost $16 million
  • 4 schools in theACTwill benefit from $6 million
  • 7Northern Territoryschools will benefit from just over $6 million

Minister Gillard was today visiting the Catholic Regional College – Sydenham in Victoria, which was successful under Round One of the Program, and an excellent example of an effective ‘cluster partnership’.

The Catholic Regional College – Sydenham is in a cluster with three other Catholic schools which will offer accredited training in a number of Certificate III qualifications including qualifications in the skill shortage areas of construction and hospitality.

The Trade Training Centres in Schools is part of the Rudd Government’s commitment to increasing vocational and educational training opportunities for all Australian students to prepare them for future employment opportunities.

Demand remains high, with more than 140 applications received for Round Two, involving almost 500 schools.

Applications for the Round Three of the Trade Training in Schools program will open on6 November 2009.

Further information about the Trade Training Centres in Schools program and a list of successful Round Two schools is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au