Today the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has written to all Australian secondary school principals encouraging them to apply for funding under the Rudd Government's new $2.5 billion Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
Trade Training Centres in Schools Program was a major election commitment designed to give young Australians greater training opportunities and help address the skills shortage.
We will work closely with the States and Territories, the Catholic and Independent sectors, industry, business, training providers and employers to deliver this program.
We see this program as a partnership, which will give young people more options as they move through their schooling and help them transition from school to work or further education and training. At the same time, businesses and industry will benefit from having a better trained workforce at a time of high demand for skilled workers.
The Government has set a national target to increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification to 85 per cent by 2015 and 90 per cent by 2020.
Schools will be able to apply for between $500,000 and $1.5 million over the 10 year life of the program. Funds can be used to:build new, or upgrade existing trade or vocational education and training facilities;
- purchase or replace a range of trade training related equipment; and/or,
- bring facilities into line with current safety or industry standards.
The first round of funding is open to all secondary schools - government, Catholic and Independent - and closes on May 9.
Further information on the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is available at: http://www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.