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New $10 Million Wimmera Trade Training Centre

Ministers:

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

WIMMERA students will benefit from a new $10 million Trade Training Centre opened today by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Senator Jacinta Collins.

The Victorian Senator opened the new and upgraded facilities at Longerenong College near Horsham.

“It is tremendous to open this Trade Training Centre which will provide Agriculture and Engineering qualifications to help address skill shortages in the region,” Senator Collins said.

“I congratulate the 12 Wimmera schools involved in this project and applaud your commitment to education and training opportunities for your students.”

The Wimmera Training Centre has received more than $10 million under the $2.5 billion Trade Training Centres in Schools Program. Already, more than $1 billion has been awarded for projects benefitting 927 schools across Australia.

“The Government is establishing Trade Training Centres to help increase the number of students completing Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries,” Senator Collins said.

“The Gillard Government wants to improve education and training opportunities for young Australians so they can secure good jobs and be part of a highly qualified Australian workforce.

“‘I am impressed at the way local principals, parents and tradespeople have worked together to deliver this important Trade Training Centre. It will provide industry relevant training that will engage students and equip them with the skills to build strong careers.”

Further information about this project and all schools funded is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.