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Whittlesea Trade Training Centre officially opens

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Minister for Employment, Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor

Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell


Whittlesea Secondary College is celebrating the official opening of its new Trade Training Centre, which will ensure young people get the skills they need to secure the job they want.

Minister for Employment, Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, and Federal Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, today visited Whittlesea Secondary College to officially open the new Trade Training Centre.

The Whittlesea Secondary College Trade Training Centre was made possible thanks to $5.2 million worth of investment from the Rudd Labor Government. The new facility will deliver up to Certificate III industry-standard training in the automotive, engineering & building and construction fields.

Whittlesea Secondary College is one of ten schools that form the Central Ranges Trade Training Centres, sharing in $11.3 million worth of Federal Labor investment to offer trades skills throughout the region.

“It’s great to be here today to celebrate the official opening of the Whittlesea Trade Training Centre,” Minister O’Connor said.

“This Trade Training Centre will open many doors to exciting careers for students from the Whittlesea Region.

“It will play an important role in ensuring students have access to high quality education and training opportunities, whilst also encouraging them to complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification.

“This facility will also help to forge stronger links between schools, students, industry and local businesses in the Whittlesea region.”

Mr Mitchell said that students will benefit from the new learning spaces, including full automotive and engineering workshops.

“We know many kids want to follow a skilled trades career, and the Trade Training Centres in Schools program is all about giving them the earliest opportunity to pursue a vocational course of study,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I’m proud to have worked with the participating schools in this Central Ranges Trade Training Centre cluster - government and non-government - to secure the funding in 2010. Seeing the centres up and running and teaching our next generation of skilled trades workers is a great result.”

Minister O’Connor highlighted Federal Labor’s recent announcement to provide a further $209.8 million for another 137 Trade Training Centres. The investment will benefit 225 schools across the country.

“Since 2008 Federal Labor has funded a total of 510 Trade Training Centres across the nation benefitting 1,290 schools,” said Mr O’Connor.

“The Whittlesea Trade Training Centre is concrete evidence of Federal Labor’s determination to ensure local students have access to a high-quality training facility so they have the best chance to secure high skill, high wage jobs beyond the China mining investment boom.

“Federal Labor supports investment in skills in our schools, whilst the Liberals have always opposed the roll-out of these centres - that’s a big policy difference.”

Federal Labor will continue to invest in new Trade Training Centres if re-elected to ensure young Australians gain the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.

Funding for this program is already included in the budget.


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