Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, today opened the new Chiara Centre, component of the Canberra Region Pathways Trade Training Centre at St Clare’s College.
Ms Brodtmann said that St Clare’s Trade Training Centre was one of four schools to share over $5.7 million from the Gillard Government as part of the Trade Training Centres in Schools program.
“The St Clare’s Trade Training Centre is already having a hugely positive impact on this school, its students and the broader community,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“I congratulate all of those involved in making this project a success and applaud the school’s commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for the young people of this region.”
“This trade training facility will provide relevant training in various industries, including qualifications in construction, hospitality and manufacturing that will best prepare our students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” Ms Gai Brodtmann said.
Trade Training Centres are one of a number of Gillard Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of schooling nationwide and build a highly qualified, well trained Australian workforce.
They are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.
To date the Gillard Government has approved $1.2 billion for more than 370 projects, benefiting over 1070 schools around Australia.
On 25 October 2012 the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, announced that a further $400 million will be available for Round Five, the first phase of which closed on 28 March 2013 with an initial $200 million for new projects.
Further information about the Canberra Region Pathways Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the Program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.