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Government supports skills in Singleton

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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP ___________________________________________________________

8 June 2011


Current and future students of the Singleton Community College now have access to modern, industry-standard training facilities.

The Singleton Community College’s new building project received $1.3 million from the Investing in Community Education and Training (ICET) funding program.

ICET is a major element of the Australian Government’s Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training.

Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon today opened the new facilities on behalf of Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans.

Funding allowed for the construction of a permanent community education facility, replacing the demountable structure which had previously been used.

The renewal project gives Singleton a state-of-the-art teaching facility which will provide flexible training and Vocational Education video conferencing facilities.

“Skills and training are vital for the sustainability and prosperity of regional communities in Australia,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Mr Fitzgibbon said Singleton Community College has strong experience in the delivery of education, training and employment pathways in the local community.

“I commend the College management for making this project a reality,” he said.

The Australian Government is committed to developing a highly skilled workforce, and has invested in a range of training initiatives over the past four years.

Funding for the Singleton College project was provided under a 2009 Budget initiative which encouraged community education and training providers to develop or enhance infrastructure for vocational.

“The 2011-12 Budget measures—announced last month— will provide even greater support for skills and training.

“The measure focusing on language, literacy and numeracy education; training for mature age workers; support for apprentices; and flexible training options for unemployed single and teenage parents.

The Australian Government is also funding a Regional Priorities Round through the Education Investment Fund.

Funding of $500 million over 5 years will be available to support the growth and development of regional universities and TAFEs.

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