THE principal of the Maryborough Education Centre says a new trade training centre will equip its students with the skills to meet local employer needs.
The $1 million centre will be funded by the federal government as part the government’s $2.5 billion Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
Principal Barney Healy welcomed the announcement and said Maryborough Education Centre had been planning for the funding for a number of years.
“We have had extensive consultation with the community and particularly with employers in the community,” he said.
“The trades training centre is a precursor to quite an exciting development.
“It will lead to more industry involvement, a greater level of connectivity and therefore a better pathway for students completing their course and entering the workforce.”
Mr Healy said the project would involve the refurbishment and enlargement of current facilities and would include new and additional training areas.
Labor candidate for Wannon Michael Barling said the new centre would help give young people in Maryborough the skills they needed to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
He said trade training centres would address a skills shortage in traditional trades and emerging industries by equipping schools with state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities.
“Funding for new centre will allow the construction of a new building and the refurbishment and enlargement of current facilities to include workshops for automotive, construction and engineering and also the provision of equipment,” he said.
“It will deliver qualifications in automotive, construction and engineering to address skills shortages in the trades of carpenter, carpenter and joiner, motor mechanics, diesel motor mechanic, metal fabricator and sheet metal worker.”