Youth North East Trade Training Centre site opened

Media Release
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Students at 10 high schools in the Rutherglen and Wangaratta region today celebrated the opening of facilities at the Goulburn Ovens TAFE (GOTAFE) as part of the Youth North East Trade Training Centre (TTC). The facility, one of 10 sites in the cluster, will give students access to high quality vocational education and training. Funding of $12.9 million from the Australian Government’s Trade Training Centre in Schools Programme helped complete this project.

Officially opening the facilities, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education said the project included automotive, construction and engineering workshops, as well as a horticultural facility, commercial kitchens and dining areas for training purposes.

“This state-of-the-art Youth North East TTC will deliver a huge range of qualifications across the ten sites, in subjects including hairdressing, automotive, bakery, construction, engineering, agriculture, horticulture and manufacturing,” Senator Ryan said.

“Students at the lead school, Rutherglen High School, will benefit by having access to these facilities, as well as students at:

  • Benalla College Dunlop Campus
  • Bright P-12 College
  • Mansfield Secondary College
  • Marian College
  • Myrtleford P-12 College
  • Numurkah Secondary College
  • Wangaratta District Specialist School
  • Wangaratta High School Edwards Street Campus
  • Yarrawonga P-12 College Secondary Campus.

“Ensuring we have a skilled workforce and launching students into satisfying careers are goals that are clearly shared by the 10 partner schools, GOTAFE, employers within the region, and other stakeholders who have worked together to improve training opportunities for local students.

“Australia’s future competitiveness depends on a highly skilled and well-trained workforce, and that’s why the Government is considering innovative and practical approaches to deliver trade qualifications in schools.

“Our new Trade Skills Centres will have a focus on stronger partnerships between schools, local businesses and industry.

“We are providing funding of $209 million for 136 new Trades Skills Centres supporting more than 220 schools.

“Through our Students First approach, we are building a world-class education system to equip all students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

Under Students First, the Government will work with the states and territories in 2014 on four key areas that will make a difference:

  • teacher quality
  • school autonomy
  • engaging parents in education
  • strengthening the curriculum.

For further information on Trade Training Centres, visit: www.education.gov.au/trade-training-centres-schools-program.

For further information on Students First, visit: www.studentsfirst.gov.au.

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