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Catering for North Rockhampton’s future hospitality cooks

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Jacinta Collins
Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations

Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations, Senator Jacinta Collins, today visited North Rockhampton State High School’s new Hospitality TradeTraining Centre which has received more than $2.7 million from the Australian Government.

“North Rockhampton State High School and Glenmore State High School will be the beneficiaries of this first-class hospitality training facility,” Senator Collins said.

“A new commercial kitchen, two theory rooms, a training café, four storage areas, a training restaurant and an outdoor training facility will provide key infrastructure to students from both high schools in an industry facing skills shortages.

“I congratulate all of those involved in making this project a success and their commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for young people in the region.”

Federal Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore, said it was great to see input from local principals, parents, tradespeople and registered training organisations in delivering an important community project.

“This trade training facility will provide industry relevant training in hospitality that will prepare local students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” Ms Livermore said.

“The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is one of a number of Australian Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of schooling nationwide and build a highly qualified, well-trained workforce.”

Senator Collins said Trade Training Centres are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.

The Program has approved $1.2 billion to date and is funding more than 370 projects, benefiting more than 1070 schools around Australia.

“The Gillard Government is committed to building opportunities for students to undertake vocational learning and develop work skills,” Senator Collins said.

On 25 October 2012, the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett, announced that a further $400 million will be available for Round Five—the first phase of which opened on 30 November 2012 with an initial $200 million for new projects.

Further information about all schools funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program visit www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.