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New $1.8 million Balgowlah Trade Training Centre opened


The Hon Senator Scott Ryan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Students at two Sydney high schools will now have access to high quality vocational training through a new Australian Government funded $1.8 million Trade Training Centre at Balgowlah.

Opening the Trade Training Centre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan said the project included construction and equipment for an outdoor work area, four store rooms and a theory room.

“This state-of-the-art Balgowlah Trade Training Centre will deliver qualifications in construction to address skills shortages in the trades of carpentry and joinery,” Senator Ryan said.

“Students at the lead school, Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus, and Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus will benefit by having access to these facilities.

“Ensuring we have a skilled workforce and launching students into great careers are goals that are clearly shared by the two partner schools, employers within the region, and other stakeholders who have worked together to improve training opportunities for local students.

“Through our Students First approach, we are building a world-class education system to equip all students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

Under Students First, the Government will work with the states and territories in 2014 on four key areas that will make a difference:

  • teacher quality
  • principal autonomy
  • engaging parents in education
  • strengthening the curriculum.


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