The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program commenced in 2008 is an important element of the Commonwealth Government’s Education Revolution. It will provided $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary schools across Australia to apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million for Trade Training Centres.
Funding has been provided through an annual national application process administered by Department of Education and Department of Employment (former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - DEEWR) to build or upgrade facilities that provide training to young people in the skill shortage traditional trades or other areas.
The Program has been underpinned by strong partnerships between the Commonwealth Government, State and Territory Governments, and the Independent and Catholic schools sectors. WynBay LLEN was contracted by Department of Education and Training (former Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - DEECD) to broker and facilitate a consortium of partners – Schools, TAFE, Alternate Education Providers and Business to jointly establish two Trade Training Centres, one in Hobsons Bay and other in Wyndham.
Trade Training Centres are being established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification to 85 per cent by 2015 and 90 per cent by 2020. An important step towards achieving these goals is to ensure students have access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities that continue to engage them and encourage them to complete their studies.
The program is also an important element of the Australian Government’s workforce development agenda and will help address national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by improving the relevance and responsiveness of trade training programs in secondary schools.
Through the program, the Australian Government aims to:
- Improve student access to trade training facilities that meet industry standards;
- Improve the quality of schooling offered to secondary students undertaking trade related pathways;
- And assist young people to make a successful transition from school to work or further education or training;
- Allow a student to enrol in a Certificate II or above qualification in traditional trades experiencing skills shortages or emerging industries, make considerable progress towards its achievement, and provide guaranteed and accessible pathways for the student to achieve that qualification after finishing Year 12;
- Include local industry and take into account local employment opportunities.