Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today officially opened one of the Chifley electorate’s first Trade Training Centres — at Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown.
The Trade Training Centre formed part of major facilities investment by the Australian Government in Tyndale, which also opened a new library, refurbished classrooms and multipurpose hall on Friday.
The new Trade Training Centre received approximately $1.4 million from the Australian Government as part of the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
The new library, hall and refurbished classrooms were funded under the National School Pride and Primary Schools for the 21st Century elements of the Building the Education Revolution program (BER) at a cost of $2.7 million.
Mr Husic congratulated Tyndale Christian College on its new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.
“I’m especially excited about the Trade Training Centre at Tyndale Christian School, it’s the first I’ve had the honour of officially opening,” said Mr Husic.
“A number of these centres are opening – or soon to open – in the Chifley electorate and they will play a vital role in putting local students on a trades path.
“This trade training facility will provide industry relevant training in the hospitality industry that will best prepare our students for the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow.
“They’re a terrific investment in our young people – and are equally important to our local economy.
“With the Trades Training Centre, library and multipurpose hall completed, teachers and students at Tyndale will be teaching and learning in 21st century facilities that they so richly deserve.” Mr Husic said.
“These are quality developments to be proud of. My congratulations go to Principal Jack Joyce, teachers, staff and students – as well as to the construction firms and their employees who’ve worked on the project.”
Students from Tyndale Christian School, Toongabbie Christian School and Kuyper Christian School all have access to the facility.
The Program is one of a number of Australian Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of schooling nationwide and build a highly qualified, well trained Australian workforce.
Trade Training Centres 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 Australian Government has awarded more than $1.03 billion to fund 288 projects benefiting more than 900 schools throughout Australia through the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
Further information about the new library and refurbished classrooms and all schools funded under the BER is available at www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at www.economicstimulusplans.gov.au.
Further information about the Tyndale Christian College Trade Training Centre and all schools funded under the program is available at www.tradetrainingcentres.deewr.gov.au.