201505.11

Local ‘launch pad’ for trade careers open for business


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Monday 11 May 2015:

Local students will learn useful job skills and be able to commence a trade-focused career in the newly opened Frankston START Trade Training Centre.

The centre, located at the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Frankston Campus, will enable secondary school students from the region to earn qualifications in construction, hairdressing and hospitality.

It was built with funding of $18,986,379 from the Australian Government, was officially opened on Friday by the Hon Bruce Billson MP Member for Dunkley and Minister for Small Business on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.

The centre comprises a new multi-story building which includes workshops for carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating and plastering and tiling, a hairdressing training facility, a commercial kitchen, training and administration rooms and also equipment.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of industry and employers and provides students with training in areas where there are skills shortages,” said Senator Ryan.

Minister Billson welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to training young people in the greater Frankston region and was thrilled to open a dedicated trade skills facility he has been working on for nearly a decade.

“It is fantastic to see this centre open after many years campaigning for a facility to fill the gap created by the closure of technical schools by the States,” he said.

“As a student at Monterey Secondary College, I saw firsthand how many young people had great talents and abilities best nurtured via a vocational training pathway that led to a trade qualification, only to be faced with an ‘all-roads lead to university’ attitude.

“Embracing and building vocational abilities can lead to a really rewarding and satisfying trade career that must be respected and celebrated, and the centre will give our youth the best chance to reach their full potential.

“The commitment to creating an Australian Technical College by the Howard Government was a very important investment in the future for our young people but was not carried through by the incoming Labor Government.

“It is a credit to local schools, the Chisholm Institute and the broader community that they have achieved a similar outcome to the promised Australian Technical College by combining separate grant funds.

“The new facilities will provide students with invaluable workplace skills to build their confidence and make them job ready with training that supports them finishing their secondary education while ‘launching’ into a trade career.”

Secondary school students from thirteen schools in the local area will have access to this new centre. These include: Patterson River Secondary College (lead school), Carrum Downs Secondary College, Elisabeth Murdoch College, Flinders Christian Community College, Frankston High School (Senior Campus), John Paul College, McClelland Secondary College, Monterey Secondary College, Mount Eliza Secondary College, Mount Erin Secondary College, Naranga School, Toorak College and Woodleigh School.