Joint Media Release with Sharryn Jackson MP, Member for Hasluck and Senator Glenn Sterle Senator for Western Australia
The Acting Minister for Education, Brendan O’Connor today announced that the Australian Technical College – Perth South will expand its services and cater for up to 363 students.
The College will be known as the Apprenticeship and Trade College – Perth South and will remain a non-government independent college with campuses in both Maddington and Armadale.
It will continue as a Registered Training Organisation and will offer Certificate III level courses in skills shortage areas including automotive, building and construction, metal and engineering and electro-technology. The College also plans to commence operations as a Group Training Organisation.
The Apprenticeship and Trade College will expand opportunities for students to enter the trades by offering a full apprenticeship pathway commencing in Years 11 and 12. At the same time, students will gain the Western Australian Certificate of Education.
The College will also continue to forge partnerships with other schools in the region to provide vocational education and training opportunities for students from the local schools.
Senator for Western Australia, Glenn Sterle welcomed the announcement and said industry will continue to play an integral part in leadership and the development of training programs to give students in the region the best education and training options available.
Federal Member for Hasluck, Sharryn Jackson emphasised the value of integrating these facilities into the broader education and training effort in Perth South.
The Government has consulted local stakeholders, all education and training sectors and state and territory governments regarding future arrangements for each of the 24 Australian Technical Colleges.
Announcements will be made regarding individual colleges as negotiations are finalised in the coming months.
As well as better integrating Australian Technical Colleges into existing education and training systems, the Australian Government is delivering $2.5 billion for Trade Training Centres in Schools that will benefit all Australian secondary schools.