Standing up for Canberra

Labor’s Trade Training Centres a winner for ACT students

Three more Trade Training Centres will be built in the ACT helping local students develop the skills needed for the jobs of the future.

The new funding is part of the Rudd Government’s recent announcement that thousands of students in 225 schools across Australia will benefit from 137 new Trade Training Centres.

Senator Kate Lundy and Member of Canberra Gai Brodtmann visited the Mary Mackillop College Trade Training Centre today where they were able to see first-hand, the fantastic work that is being applied in the state-of-the-art facility. 

Ms Brodtmann said the Federal Labor Government was committed to ensuring Canberra’s 62,000 students across the territory’s 128 schools got the best education possible by building better schools, improving teacher training, improving access to the latest technology and investing an extra $9.4 million in Canberra’s Trades Training Centres.

“The ACT is set to get another three fantastic Trades Training Centres, just like MacKillop College, which will benefit another nine schools in the ACT,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Students benefit from getting the skills they need to succeed, no matter what field they want to build a career in.

“This investment is also a win for businesses, especially small business, because Trades Training centres help ensure students get the skills local employers need.

“The Rudd Labor Government will continue to invest in in new Trades Training Centres if re-elected to ensure young Australians living in the ACT get the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Senator Lundy said there was a stark difference between Labor’s strong record on education and skills and Tony Abbotts plans for cuts.

“Federal Labor carefully invests in the futures of young Australians,” Ms Lundy said.

“Canberrans face a real choice in this election between a Labor Government who is building for the future - building better schools and investing in education for a brighter future – and the Liberal Party who want to cut education, including the Better Schools funding and the SchoolKids Bonus.

“Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party have announced that they will cut Trade Training Centres funding if elected in a little over two weeks’ time.

“These sorts of savage cuts will also hurt around 14,000 families in Canberra who will lose the Schoolkids bonus and students who aren’t guaranteed the full funding under the Better Schools Plan.

“Under Labor’s Better Schools Plan each school in Canberra will be on average $800,000 better off.

“It’s a clear choice between a Federal Labor Government that continues to invest in education and our young people – and an Abbott government that will cut to the bone.”

Ms Lundy said today’s announcement built on Labor’s proud record of helping local kids get a better education and skills including:

  • $245 million for 257 BER projects (including the building or upgrading of 35 classrooms, 35 libraries and 39 multipurpose halls). 
  • More than 16,000 computers installed under the Digital Education Revolution, National Schools Computer Fund. 
  • $17 million for three previous Trade Training Centre projects (Daramalan College, Erindale College and MacKillop College) benefitting 13 schools. 
  • Four schools participating in the Smarter Schools National Partnership on Low Socio Economic School Communities.
  • 35 schools participating in the Improving Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership.