Maxine McKew, Member for Bennelong last night opened the new Trade Training Centre at Epping Boys’ High School in Eastwood.
The $1.3 million centre will deliver high quality skills training in hospitality to students from Epping Boys’, Cheltenham Girls and Carlingford High Schools in Bennelong.
The funding has been used to the build a commercial kitchen fully equipped with the professional equipment required to deliver vocational qualifications.
“This new centre is a fantastic example of local schools partnering together to engage students and prepare them to be a key part of tomorrow’s workforce,” Ms McKew said.
“I congratulate all of those involved in making this project a success and applaud your commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for our children.
“The program is helping to increase the number of students finishing high school by building vocational education and training facilities at schools whilst also addressing skills shortages in the Australian workforce,” Ms McKew concluded.
To date, the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program has provided $810 million to 230 projects, benefiting 732 schools throughout Australia.
Tony Abbott will take education in Australia backwards with his proposal to cut Trades Training Centres in high schools as well as the computers in schools program.