Skills training for secondary students will be boosted in 2010 when the doors open for the first six new trade training centres in Western Australian schools.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today welcomed the announcement of $15.5million for WA schools, under the first phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5billion Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
“The first six new centres will be fitted out with industry relevant equipment and built in schools, which have established vocational education and training programs and strong partnerships with a registered training organisation and employers,” Mr McGowan said.
“Students will begin their training at school towards qualifications in skill shortage areas such as plumbing and gas fitting, building and construction, painting and decorating, metal fabrication and hospitality.
“Thanks to the new facilities, secondary students will be able to commence qualifications at the Certificate III level through training in a school setting.
“Students will train towards qualifications on the National Skills Needs List, which means the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program will help deliver skilled workers for the industries where they are needed most.”
The Minister said it was encouraging that Western Australia had received 17 per cent of the phase one funding for the program, which was testament to the quality of the proposals put forward by WA schools.
Secondary schools throughout Australia were invited to apply for funding to establish Trade Training Centres, to provide students with access to industry standard trade training facilities.
The following WA schools received funding under the first phase of the program:
· Broome Senior High School (lead school) - Up to $1.36million for a facility for painting and decorating, and building and construction wet trades training;
· Girrawheen Senior High School (lead school) - Up to $2.98million for a facility for building and construction trades training. Other school in the cluster: Balga Senior High School.
· John Forrest Senior High School (lead school) - Up to $2.55million for a facility for plumbing, gas fitting, and painting and decorating trades training. Other school in the cluster: Mount Lawley Senior High School.
· Merredin Senior High School (lead school) - Up to $3.91million for a facility for metal fabrication and welding, automotive, and building and construction trades training. Other schools in the cluster: Mukinbudin District High School, Kellerberrin District High School, Narembeen District High School, Bruce Rock District High School and Southern Cross District High School.
· Northam Senior High School (lead school) - Up to $3.2million for a facility for hospitality trade training. Other schools in the cluster: York District High School and Toodyay District High School.
· Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon (lead school) - Up to $1.5million to refurbish an existing metals workshop and fit it out with state-of-the-art trade training equipment.
Mr McGowan said the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program complemented the major training sector reforms being undertaken by the State Government.
“We are transforming Western Australia’s training system to make it more flexible, responsive and efficient, to better address the State’s skill shortages,” he said.
Major initiatives already introduced include:
· introducing sweeping changes to update the ‘Vocational Education and Training Act 1996’ and create a single, modern system for apprenticeships and traineeships;
· consolidating the number of industry advisory bodies from 14 to 10 to provide for improved training advisory arrangements in WA; and
· allocating an additional $66million in the State Budget 2008-09 to further increase the number of apprentices and trainees in WA to a total of 39,000.
The Minister said the State Government was serious about addressing the skill shortages and has committed a record $284million extra to the area since February 2005.
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