Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today opened a new Trade Training Centre at Broome Senior High School, enabling students to pursue trade qualifications while at secondary school.
Broome Senior High received $1.5 million in funding in the first round of theTrade Training Centres in Schools program to build a workshop to train students in carpentry, painting and decorating and building and construction.
Ms Gillard said the new centre had already begun delivering training since February, with up to 80 students expected to use the centre to pursue trade qualifications including Certificate III in its first year.
Trade Training Centres in Schools allows secondary schools to apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million to build or upgrade their facilities to industry standards.
The $2.5 billion program aims to provide a trade training facility to every secondary school across the country by 2018.
The demand for the program had been overwhelming since it began in March 2008, with over $800 million awarded to 230 projects, benefiting more than 730 schools.
In Western Australia alone the program is providing $111.5 million for 102 schools.
Nationally, 123 projects are currently in the planning, procurement or construction stage, with 68 centres expected to be complete by the end of 2010, benefiting more than 170 schools.
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.
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.
Ms Gillard said she expected demand for the program to remain high in round three of the program which is currently open and will close on 4 June 2010.
More information on the program is available at: http://www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.