New opportunities for Trade Training Centres

Schools in the Cunningham and Throsby electorates and the community will have an opportunity to apply for a share of $400 million under the latest round of the Trade Training Centres (TTCs) in schools program.

Round Five will be split into two phases of $200 million. Phase 1 will open on November 30, 2012 and Phase 2 will open in August 2013.

The Gillard Government is providing $2.5 billion from 2008 to 2018 to give secondary students in years 9 to 12 the opportunity to access trade training facilities.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local schools to benefit from industry standard trade training infrastructure and equipment,” Ms Bird said.

“We have already invested $1.6 billion in the TTC program since 2008 and students at more than 620 schools across Australia, including Edmund Rice High School, Warrawong High School, Illawarra Sports High schools and Figtree High School in our own area. Mr Jones said “TTCs play an important role in creating a link between schools, students, industry and local businesses.

“The program will help support students to stay in school and get a qualification as well as address skills shortages in traditional trades and other occupations.”

The top five areas of enrolment in TTCs for 2011 were:

• Mechanical and industrial engineering and technology,

• Food and hospitality,

• Building,

• Automotive engineering and technology,

• Agriculture.

Ms Bird and Mr Jones are encouraging interested schools to contact their Education Authority for further information on proposals for Round Five.

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