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NEW AUSTRALIAN TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR QUEANBEYAN

20 September 73/07

The Australian Technical College - Queanbeyan and Region will begin enrolling students for next year after signing a $12.9 million funding agreement today.

“The Australian Technical College - Queanbeyan and Region is a turning point for technical education in the region,” said the Minister for Vocational and Further Education, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP.

“From 2008, students attending the College will be well on their way to a highly prized trade qualification as well as having their year 12 certificate upon graduation from the College,” Mr Robb said.

The College will offer Certificate III in the trades of building and construction, automotive, electro-technology and commercial cookery at a new state of the art facility in Queanbeyan.

“The Australian Technical College program is a 2004 Howard Government initiative in response to the greatest mistake we have made in education over the last 20 to 30 years; the closure, across the country of dedicated technical schools,” Mr Robb added.

The Australian Technical College - Queanbeyan and Region will join the 21 technical schools already operating and the further six that are in the pipeline. By 2009 it’s estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 students will be enrolled across 44 campuses.

“When students in these technical schools finish Year 12 they will be one-third of the way through an apprenticeship, they will have their Year 12 certificate, they will have worked on state-of-the-art equipment and had two years of real experience in the workplace, while earning as they learn,” Mr Robb said.

The Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon. Gary Nairn MP welcomed today’s funding announcement and said “These colleges have restored the links with industry and restored the pride and prestige in technical training, so that a high quality technical education is as prized as a university

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The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP Minister for Vocational and Further Education

The Hon Gary Nairn MP Special Minister of State Federal Member of Eden-Monaro

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degree.”

“The signing of this Funding Agreement is an excellent demonstration of a partnership between industry, educators and training providers to ensure that young people in Queanbeyan and the region are given training relevant to local business needs.”

The establishment of the College has been warmly welcomed by the local communities, businesses and industry and this is reflected in the industry representation on the governing board.

“They have all either taken part on the interim board or lent their valuable support to achieve this fantastic result”, Mr Nairn said.

Minister Robb used today’s occasion to attack Labor’s alternative plan for trade training.

“How can Labor suggest that $500,000 spent at a secondary school will go anywhere near offering high quality technical training?

Today’s announcement of $12.9 million demonstrates the funding commitment necessary to build a dedicated technical school.

Media Contacts: Minister Robb’s Office: Andrew Coombe 0438 777 145 Mr Nairn’s office : Megan Magill 0417 836 952

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