Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, today went on a tour of the new Trade Training Centre (TTC) which is based at LaSalle College in Bankstown.
The new $5 million facility will train students from the Bankstown area in a range of vocational skills including: carpentry, electrics, metal fabrication, metal fitting and motor mechanics, while still at school.
“This is a great new facility for our local area. It will give young people in Bankstown the best start in life,” Mr Clare said.
“A lot of young people in Bankstown want to get a trade when they finish school. This Trade Training Centre will allow them to start learning a trade while they are still at high school.
“Most of the jobs that are going to be created over in the next two decades are going to require people to finish school and then complete a TAFE Certificate or a university degree.
“That’s why the new centre we have opened today new is so important for our local
area. Unless we make sure that as many people in our local community have skills and are trained, we are going to entrench disadvantage.”
The TTC at LaSalle would also be accessible to students from Casimir College, Holy Spirit College and Trinity Catholic College.
Trade Training Centres will increase the number of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification, and help meet skill shortages in trades and emerging industries.
The Australian Government has awarded more than $1 billion to fund 288 projects benefiting over 900 schools across Australia through the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
Further information about the LaSalle Catholic Trade Training Centre Bankstown and all schools funded under the Program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au
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