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Local College receives $1.5 million boost to build Trade Skills Centre

Bayside Christian College students are set to benefit from a $1.5 million funding injection to build a new Trade Skills Centre in Langwarrin.

The new centre will significantly increase vocational education and training opportunities available to students.

The Australian Government’s Trade Skills Centre program has provided $209 million to build 136 new Trades Skills Centres at more than 220 schools Australia wide and I am so pleased Bayside Christian College was selected.

The Trade Skills Centre will increase vocational educational and training options available to students interested in Agriculture and Hospitality in the Frankston – Mornington Peninsula Region.

The new facility will provide both Bayside Christian College students and secondary students from other schools, access to nationally accredited Certificate II programs in the areas of agriculture and hospitality.

Bayside Christian College Principal, Mr Chris Prior, said the College was excited to receive the funding which will provide local students with invaluable training and tools for the future.

The College purchased 64 acres of land last year across the road from the school to build the new facility which will include a commercial kitchen and agriculture facility incorporating aquaponics, potting and machinery sheds and a poultry enclosure.

The centre will be unique in that it will address national and local skills shortages by embracing a ‘Paddock to Plate’ approach to support the region’s local and growing Agri-tourism industry.

The college will deliver qualifications in agriculture and hospitality and will include the trade of a pastry cook – and we all love pastry!

The College’s goal is to increase opportunities and skills in the areas of organic farming, farm-gate hospitality and tourism, and to build community resilience to climate change.

It is with much anticipation that we look forward to establishing a Trade Skills Centre which meets the needs of students in our community who like to learn by doing and are seeking to pursue careers as trade professionals.

Building work is expected to start mid-year and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.