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Technical College opens in Bairnsdale.

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Technical college opens in Bairnsdale

Saturday, 17 November 2007

More jobs and training opportunities for young people in East Gippsland will result from the Coalition’s new Australian Technical College at Bairnsdale, opening on Monday (November 19, 2007).

Nationals Member for Gippsland Peter McGauran will open the new centre at 20 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale at 10.30am.

Mr McGauran said the Coalition was creating well-paid, satisfying job opportunities to keep young people in Gippsland.

The Bairnsdale ATC also has a campus in Sale. A re-elected Coalition Government will also open a new Technical College in the Latrobe Valley.

“This will create more employment opportunities for young people across Gippsland,” Mr McGauran said.

“It’s important that young people have the choice to stay in the local area without sacrificing their career ambitions.

“This will create more opportunities for young people to stay in Gippsland, and become qualified in the trade of their choice.”

The Bairnsdale Technical Colleges is industry led with strong links to local businesses, making skills and training relevant to local industries and local employers.

“This means the Technical College will also assist local businesses to find suitable employees from within the East Gippsland region.”

The Australian workforce is an important part of the Coalition’s bold plan to reduce unemployment to three per cent over the next three years and keep it there.

Mr McGauran said it was a huge mistake when state and territory governments walked away from technical education a decade ago and closed technical high schools.

“The Coalition’s is reversing this trend by opening new Australian Technical Colleges to allow years 11 and12 students to gain skills in the trade of their choice while completing their VCE,” Mr McGauran said.

A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $2.1 billion over 10 years into a plan to build 100 new Australian technical Colleges. The announcement is a significant part of the Coalition’s plan to keep Australia strong and prosperous into the future by helping more people into work and into the job they want.