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Extra $400 million for Trade Training Centres

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Minister for School Education and Minister for Early Childhood and Youth

Peter Garrett

Extra $400 million for Trade Training Centres

Thursday 25 October 2012

An extra $400 million will be made available for Trade Training Centres (TTCs) in schools in Round Five of the successful national program.

Round Five will be split into two phases of $200 million. Phase 1 will open on November 30, 2012 and Phase 2 will open in August 2013.

The Gillard Government is providing $2.5 billion from 2008 to 2018 to give secondary students in years 9 to 12 the opportunity to access trade training facilities.

“This latest funding brings the total current investment in trade training infrastructure in Australian secondary schools to more than $1.6 billion since 2008,” Mr Garrett said.

“Students at more than 620 schools across Australia are already benefitting from completed TTCs, and gaining valuable trade skills as a result. This latest release of funding means that more than 300 extra schools will have access to industry standard trade training infrastructure and equipment.”

Mr Garrett also released the latest TTC progress report which details the program deliveries and achievements.

Mr Garrett said TTCs play an important role in creating a link between schools, students, industry and local business - and yet the Opposition wants to cut the entire program.

“TTCs give students access to state-of-the-art training facilities and the community has access to skilled future employees. But Joe Hockey has confirmed the Liberal Party want to cut the entire program, effectively wiping out the opportunity to get trade qualifications for thousands of secondary students.”

“The latest TTC progress report clearly shows these centres are not only being built on time, but are doing exactly what we intended - achieving remarkable results for students,” Mr Garrett said.

“In 2011, there were more than 9,100 enrolments at TTCs in nationally recognised trade qualifications. This is an excellent result so early in the operational phase of the program.

“These centres mean students can access industry standard facilities and gain skills relevant to the workplace, which will help them on their path to work and further training.

“They are helping increase the number of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification, and helping meet skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.

“Importantly, the results show that in 2011 there was very positive engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, who made up about 11 per cent of all TTC enrolments.”

The top five areas of enrolment in TTCs for 2011 were:

 Mechanical and industrial engineering and technology,  Food and hospitality,  Building,  Automotive engineering and technology,  Agriculture.

“It’s great to see around 60 per cent of TTCs are in regional Australia, and I encourage interested schools to contact their Education Authority for further information on proposals for Round Five,” Mr Garrett said.

“The continued support by schools, their education authorities, local communities and local industry demonstrates how effective strong partnership arrangements can be in delivering trade training facilities to students, so that they can get the best possible start in their chosen careers.”

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