Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic has officially opened the new Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre at Loyola Senior High School, Mt Druitt.
Mr Husic, who represented Schools Minister Peter Garrett at the opening ceremony, said the Loyola Trade Training Centre received approximately $9 million from the Gillard Government as part of the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
“Trade Training Centres such as the one at Loyola Senior High make such a huge difference to schools, opening up a wider range of training options for young people,” Mr Husic said.
“The Centres are being established to help boost the number of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification.
“With the skills shortages we have in our economy, these Centres can help train up the next generation of workers for a range of traditional trades and emerging industries.
“But they also help put young people in our communities on a pathway for much more secure, rewarding work. This is why I’m always so pleased to see Trade Training Centres open up in Chifley.
“For many years now, Loyola has benefitted from a learning culture that encourages students to not only explore university options – but to also pursue trade training pathways via their well-known and supported Nicholas Owen Program.
“This trade training facility features a multipurpose automotive, construction, engineering and electrical building, a hospitality building, the refurbishment and relocation of a hairdressing facility and equipment.
“Working with major employer groups, Loyola’s Trade Training Centre will provide industry-relevant training providing qualifications in automotive, construction, electro-technology, engineering, hairdressing and hospitality. This will help turn local students into the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow,” Mr Husic said.
“I congratulate Principal Rob Laidler, Assistant Principal Tammy Prestage and all of those involved for having the vision and determination to make this project a success.”
The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is 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.
To date the program has approved $1.2 billion to fund more than 370 projects, benefitting 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 opened on 30 November 2012 with an initial $200 million for new projects.
Further information about the Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre Mount Druitt Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the Program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au