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Local schools miss out on their own trades training centres.



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The Hon Bob Baldwin MP Federal Member for Paterson

21 July 2008

LOCAL SCHOOLS MISS OUT ON THEIR OWN TRADES TRAINING CENTRES

In a blow to local secondary schools, Kevin Rudd has broken his promise to put a trades training centre in every Australian secondary school, the Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin said today.

Mr Baldwin said no funding was offered to Paterson schools.

“This means there won’t be a trades training centre in every school in Paterson like Kevin Rudd explicitly promised last year,” he said.

“Kevin Rudd promised a trades training centre in all 2650 schools and yet, after eight months, the Rudd Government announced funding last week for centres is just 34 schools or 1.3 per cent.

Mr Baldwin said the former Coalition Government spent on average $24 million on each Australian Technical College while the Rudd Government was offering each school on average just $900,000 over 10 years to build a ‘centre’.

“This policy is a cruel hoax that won’t do anything to encourage more apprentices or address the skills crisis in the Paterson electorate,” Mr Baldwin said.

“The Rudd Government’s idea of creating a trades training centre is to turn up at each school with a new sign to rename the metalwork room the metalwork ‘centre’.

“To provide proper trades training, the Paterson electorate needs dedicated, properly funded Australian Technical Colleges which have scale, local industry input and expert trades teachers.”

Mr Baldwin said Kevin Rudd had failed to deliver on giving every upper secondary school student their own computer and now he’s failed to deliver on giving every school its own trades training centre.

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