Trade skills boosted through a new training centre in Tuggeranong

Young people of Tuggeranong will be able to gain valuable skills in trades such as carpenter and joiner, cook, landscape gardener, horticulturalist and motor mechanic at a new facility being officially opened at Erindale College in Wanniassa today.

The Tuggeranong Sustainable Living Trade Training Centre, with facilities located at Erindale College, Calwell High School, Caroline Chisholm High School, Lake Tuggeranong College, Lanyon High School and Wanniassa School Senior Campus, will offer local secondary students qualifications in automotive, building and construction, horticulture and hospitality.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan said Australian Government funding of $8.1m helped bring the centre to fruition.

“The automotive, building and construction, horticulture and hospitality skills to be imparted at the centre are currently in short supply,” Senator Ryan said.

“Six existing facilities have been refurbished to include construction workshops, automotive workshops, commercial kitchens, horticulture workshops and high quality equipment.”

The centre will be officially opened by Senator Zed Seselja, Senator for the ACT, representing Senator Ryan.

“The local educational community and other individuals will come together today in a spirit of cooperation,” Senator Seselja said.

“The community thought about Tuggeranong’s future needs, worked out what was best for the young people of the area, and devised a plan that makes a tangible difference.”

Senator Seselja said the Tuggeranong Sustainable Living Trade Training Centre is an example of the local community putting students first – an approach also being followed by the Australian Government in regard to school education generally.

“In the 2014 school year and beyond, the Government will build an education system that gives all students – no matter where they live and what school they attend – the tools to succeed in their chosen field of endeavour,” Senator Seselja said.

The Government is concentrating on four main areas of reform: creating a more robust and balanced curriculum; improving teacher quality; increasing school autonomy; and better engaging parents in education.

“The ultimate purpose of these reforms is to foster a smart, skilled Australian workforce so that our country can remain productive, competitive and admired around the world,” Senator Seselja said.