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Macleay Valley trade skills boosted through a new training centre

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SENATOR THE HON SCOTT RYAN Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education



3 April 2014

Macleay Valley trade skills boosted through a new training centre

Young people of the Macleay Valley will be able to gain skills in trades such as printing machinist and screen printer at a new facility being officially opened in South Kempsey today.

The Macleay Valley Trade Training Centre, located at the Macleay Vocational College, will offer local secondary students Certificate III qualifications in Printing and Graphic Arts.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan said Australian Government funding of $750,000 helped bring the centre to fruition.

“The printing skills to be taught at the centre are currently in short supply,” Senator Ryan said.

“The new facilities include a printing space with screen printing and digital media rooms and high-quality equipment.”

The centre was officially opened this afternoon by the federal Member for Cowper, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, representing Senator Ryan.

“The entire Macleay Vocational College community and other individuals came together in a spirit of cooperation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“They thought about the Macleay Valley’s future needs, worked out what was best for the young people of the area, and devised a plan that makes a tangible difference.”

Senator Ryan said the Macleay Valley Trade Training Centre was an example of the local community putting students first - also the approach of the Australian Government in regard to school education.

The Government is focusing on four main areas: creating a more robust and balanced curriculum; improving teacher quality; increasing principal autonomy; and better engaging parents in education.

“The ultimate purpose of these reforms is to foster a smart, skilled Australian workforce so that our country can remain productive, competitive and admired around the world,” Senator Ryan said.

Mr Hartsuyker’s media contact: Greg Pierce 0408 532 785 Senator Ryan’s media contact: Luke Buesnel on 0408 323 122 Department media: