Employment, Skills and Training Minister Brendan O’Connor announced last week the Rudd Government is providing $995,000 to build a new trade training centre at Katoomba High School.
Mr O’Connor said the funding for Katoomba High School Trade Training Centre was about creating an efficient, flexible training system to ensure local students can get the skills they need to succeed, no matter what field they want to build a career in.
“The Katoomba High School Trade Training Centre will address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region,” he said.
“This investment is all about ensuring that local students have access to a high-quality training facility so they have the best chance to secure high skill, high wage jobs beyond the China mining investment boom.”
The government recently announced the outcome of the next instalment of Federal Labor’s $2.5 billion, 10 year trade training centres in schools program.
Katoomba High School is one of 225 secondary schools where students will soon be able to learn skills such as, carpentry and joinery, metal fabrication, agriculture and horticulture at one of the 137 new trades training centres around Australia.