Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins today opened the new Clontarf Aboriginal Trade Training Centre at Clontarf Aboriginal College which has received more than $3.3 million from the Australian Government.
“Clontarf Aboriginal College, along with Mercedes College and Trinity College are benefiting from this first-class training facility,” Senator Collins said.
“New engineering and construction workshops, machine and finishing rooms, covered outdoor work areas and a horticulture shed will provide key infrastructure to train students from all three colleges in industries 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.”
Senator for Western Australia Mark Bishop said it was great to see input from the local Indigenous community, and local principals, parents, tradespeople and registered training organisations in delivering an important community project.
“This facility will provide industry relevant training in engineering, construction and horticulture that will best prepare our students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” Senator Bishop said.
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—the first phase of which opened on 30 November 2012 and closes at the end of March 2013.
Further information about the Clontarf Aboriginal College Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au