Member for Blaxland and Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Jason Clare
Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Kelvin Thomson
A new Trade Training Centre for Bankstown Senior College will be built with $875,000 in support provided by the Rudd Labor Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Kelvin Thomson and Member for Blaxland Jason Clare today met with school leaders and teachers from the College saying the Centre was about building the local community’s facilities for the future.
“The Trade Training Centre will see the refurbishment of an existing facility to incorporate a construction and furnishing workshop and an outdoor covered work area, plus extra equipment,” Mr Thomson said.
Mr Clare said students will now have the opportunity to gain experience and qualifications that will help them for the rest of their lives.
“This is great news for our local area; students at Bankstown Senior College will be able to start their career while they are still at school,” Mr Clare said.
“Federal Labor will continue to invest in new Trade Training Centres if re-elected to ensure local young people gain the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
“This is in contrast to Tony Abbott and the Liberals who have announced that they will cut Trade Training Centres funding if elected on September 7.”
The new facility will allow for training in the trades of cabinetmaker, carpenter, and carpenter and joiner. It will give students the ability to develop the skills required of the workforce of tomorrow while they are still at school.
Federal Labor’s Trade Training Centres are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.
To date, the Program has approved over $1.4 billion to fund more than 510 projects, benefitting over 1290 schools around Australia.
Bankstown Senior College has also benefited from a number of other Rudd Labor Government education initiatives, including over $1 million through Building the Education Revolution.
Funding for this project is already included in the budget.
22 AUGUST 2013
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