Young people in Sydney’s west are set to benefit from the Loyola Senior High School Trade Training Centre at Mount Druitt, on track for completion at the end of next year.
Minister for School Education Peter Garrett and Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic yesterday checked on the progress of construction of the centre that received almost $9 million in funding in round two of the Trade Training Centres in Schools program.
“I am delighted to see progress being made on this important development for students and families in the area,” Mr Garrett said.
“This Gillard Government is committed to helping our kids get the right education and training to ensure they get the right job later in life.
“That’s why we’re building Trades Training Centres like this one to give local young people the chance to pick up a trade while they complete their Higher School Certificate.
“By helping to increase the number of students with a Year 12 or equivalent qualification, we are laying the critical foundations needed to build Australia’s productivity and ensure an improved quality of life for all Australians.”
Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic said this and other trade training centres in the electorate would help address some important local needs.
“An absolute local priority has to be keeping young people in school longer – to give them the skills that will help boost their chances of holding on to quality jobs into the future.
“For example, when complete, the Loyola Centre will help students gain qualifications in the hospitality, automotive, construction, electrical and engineering trades – all areas crying out for skilled people.”
Mr Garrett also congratulated Loyola Senior High School and the member schools of the cluster that successfully applied for the funding.
The other schools are Clare Catholic High School, St Agnes Catholic High School, Emmaus Catholic College, Terra Sancta College (Schofields) and St Andrew’s College (Marayong).
The Australian Government has provided $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary schools to apply for funding to build their own TTC. There are 155 currently operating, or being built, across Australia.
For more information about Trade Training Centres, visit http://www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au/