Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins today opened the new Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC) at the Swinburne University of Technology–TAFE Wantirna Campus which has received more than $10.3 million from the Australian Government.
“Rowville, Bayswater and Scoresby Secondary Colleges, Boronia K–12 Mount View Campus, Fairhills High School, Wantirna College and Waverley Christian College are already benefiting from this first-class training facility,” Senator Collins said.
“It’s great to have Swinburne University of Technology so instrumental in this project.
“Four new multipurpose workshops, four theory rooms and four preparation rooms, along with an outdoor workshop and staff room will provide key infrastructure to train students in industries facing skills shortages.
“I congratulate everyone involved in making this project a success and their commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for young people in the Knox region.”
Senator Collins said it was great to see input from local principals, parents, tradespeople and registered training organisations in delivering an important community project.
“This centre will deliver qualifications in printing, engineering, manufacturing and electro-technology to address skills shortages in laboratory work, and in the trades of printing and metal machinist, general electrician and metal fabricator,” Senator Collins 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 Australian workforce.
Trade Training Centres are being established to increase Year 12 or equivalent attainment, improve student career options, particularly in areas where there are skills shortages, and help to halve the school leaver attainment gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other students.
To date, the program has approved $1.2 billion to fund more than 370 projects, benefiting more than 1070 schools around Australia.
“The Australian 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 Peter Garrett announced a further $400 million for Round Five of the program.
Further information about the KIOSC Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.