Schools eye off industry standards
EIGHT local high schools have successfully applied to establish Trade Training Centres for their students.
Kadina High, Lismore High, Nimbin Central, Richmond River High and Wilson Park Public School secured almost $7.5 million under the Federal Government’s $2.5 billion Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
Lismore High principal Peter Campbell said the centres will allow students from those schools to study vocational courses to Certificate III standard.
He said changes will be needed to accommodate the new centres.
“We’ll see upgrades to existing hospitality facilities at Kadina, furniture making facilities at Lismore High, existing metals and hospitality facilities at Richmond River and Lismore High, while Richmond River will also undergo refurbishment of its horticulture facilities,” he said.
“This will bring the schools to industry standards and, in most instances, we’ll be using existing buildings with upgrades within them.
Mr Campbell said the centres ‘will broaden students’ access to industry recognised qualifications as they leave school.
“In Year 10, they will have access to Certificate I Industry Studies. So in Year 11, the 17-year-old student wishing to leave school will have already studied Certificate I and have many competencies leading up to Certificate II,” he said.
“Students in our community of schools will be able to move through the campuses where the appropriate trade facilities are available. They will be upskilled, and more employable to their prospective employer who has just saved money on training.”
Bonalbo Central, Casino High and Kyogle High secured $4.5 million of funding under the program.
Kyogle principal Janine Silcock, said the community was changing its focus to tourism.
Department of Education and Training VET course coordinator Peter Skaines, said he was excited by opportunities created for students
It is expected that building refurbishment will be underway by early next year.
The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program was a major commitment prior to the last Federal election, and is designed to help students address the skills shortage.