Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, this week officially opened the new $1.5 million Federal Government funded Trades Skills Centre and $350,000 in newly developed roadways and car parking at Bayside Christian College.
Mr Crewther said the Trades Skills Centre will help create pathways for local students to get into the workforce and on to valued careers.
“It is great to have opened the centre and to have funded these new facilities, which will greatly benefit students,” Mr Crewther said.
“The Bayside Christian College Trades Skills Centre is all about equipping local students with the real skills they need to help them get the jobs that we will need in the future.”
Local students and staff can now make full use of the trade training facilities, which have been developed through Federal Government funding and the hard work and vision of Bayside Christian College.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education the Hon. Karen Andrews MP noted that training centres like this enable local students to pursue vocational pathways and develop skills across a range of fields.
“There are many cities, communities and regions throughout Australia facing skills shortages in agriculture and in trades,” Assistant Minister Andrews said.
“The skills that students will develop at the Bayside Christian College Trades Skills Centre will not only benefit Dunkley, they will be skills that could potentially put them on a pathway for jobs in industries anywhere in Australia.”
Mr Crewther said the centre incorporates a new trade training facility and includes a commercial kitchen, theory rooms, store, bakery, retail area, potting shed and equipment.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of industry and employers and to providing students with training, particularly in areas where there are skills shortages,” Mr Crewther said.
To date, $1.4 billion of Australian Government funding has been approved to establish trade training facilities supporting 1289 secondary schools across Australia.