The opening today of the new Gloucester High School Metal Industry Trades Skills Centre in Gloucester will help create pathways for local students into the workforce and on to valued careers according to Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.
Local students and staff in Gloucester can now make full use of the trade training facilities, which have been developed through the Coalition Government’s funding commitment of around $1-million.
“It is great to be here today to open the centre and to see these new facilities firsthand,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The Gloucester High School Metal Industry 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.”
“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 trades like metal fabricator and metal machinist”
“So the skills that students will develop at the Gloucester High School Metal Industry Trades Skills Centre will not only benefit Gloucester, they will be skills that could potentially put them on a pathway for jobs in industries anywhere around the country.”
Dr Gillespie said the centre incorporates a refurbished trade training facility and includes an engineering workshop and outdoor covered area.
“The Coalition 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,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Skills training at secondary school provides a pathway to enter the workplace or to continue to pursue further training after school.
I congratulate the entire school community for its foresight in getting this centre up and running.”
The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, also congratulated Gloucester High School Metal Industry Trades Skills Centre on its official opening.
Minister Andrews said that as well as delivering increased funding to schools, the Coalition Government is focusing on quality education for Australian students.
“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Andrews said.
“Our Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”