Member for Chifley Ed Husic has today slammed the Abbott Government for robbing local schools of promised Trade Training Centres and western Sydney youth of a needed kickstart to a career.
See Mr Husic’s speech here:
The Trade Training Centre program was introduced by the previous Labor Government and saw High Schools across the nation equipping students with skills that would lead to meaningful careers when they graduated.
The Abbott Government has cancelled the Trade Training Centre rollout, stripping it of $950m that would have funded another 650 TTCs.
Thirteen Schools in the Chifley electorate that were eligible for TTC funding will now never see the scheme realised under an Abbott Government - (See list at bottom of release).
Mr Husic praised a number of local Trade Training Centres who advise that some had been returning 97% success rates on first year apprenticeships operating in High Schools.
That is against a national fail rate of around 50% for first year apprenticeships conducted outside of the High School system.
He also referred to a recent visit by Shadow Assistant Education Minister Amanda Rishworth to Doonside Technology High School’s Trade Training Centre.
“Trade Training Centres equip students in learning environments they are familiar with for life in their chosen careers when they leave high school,” Mr Husic said.
“They provide high school students with a renewed energy and focus when teachers say some had become disengaged and missed school on a regular basis.
“Western Sydney currently has youth unemployment nearing three times the national average – allowing students to take on trade training while in school and giving them the kickstart to a career when they graduated is a practical and sensible method of getting our youth into the workforce and allowing local employers to take on ‘job ready’ apprentices,” Mr Husic said.
Local schools Evans High, Loyola Senior High and Doonside Technology High all proudly boast some incredible success stories from the first few years of their Trade Training Centre programs.
Loyola Senior High’s TTC program has expanded from seven courses to 13 in just four years and will in 2015 see 200 students take on the first year of their apprenticeships.
Teachers are reporting these new courses have attracted a greater number of young women keen on careers in Beauty, Childcare or the Hospitality sector.
“The chances of other High Schools in our area doing the same have been dashed by a reckless Abbott Government with no regard for our youth,” Mr Husic concluded.
Below are the names of 13 schools within the Chifley electorate that were eligible to apply for funding underRoundFiveoftheTradeTrainingCentresinSchoolsProgramthathadnotbeenapprovedforfundingasat17December2013:.
Catholic: Nagle College
Government: Chifley College Bidwill Campus
Government: Chifley College Mount Druitt Campus
Government: Chifley College Shalvey Campus
Government: Plumpton High School
Government: Wyndham College
Independent: Australian Christian College: Marsden
Independent: Australian Islamic College of Sydney
Independent: Bethel Christian School
Independent: Blacktown Youth College Incorporated
Independent: Mountain View Adventist College
Independent: Richard Johnson Anglican School
Independent: St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox College