Tweed River High School students are benefitting from a new automotive and engineering centre thanks to a $1 million investment from the Federal Government.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited the facility which is creating pathways for local automotive and engineering
students into valued careers.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of employers and focuses student training in areas where there are skills shortages,” Minister Andrews said.
“This new centre is giving students from Years 9-12 access to vocational training in modern, high quality, industry-standard facilities.
“Students are gaining valuable qualifications for future work as metal fabricators, fitter-welders, sheet metal workers.”
The new centre features a purpose built metals and engineering facility with a workshop, new equipment, a materials store, an equipment store, project store, and a covered outdoor work space.
Minister Andrews said Indigenous students account for 11% of the student population at Tweed River High School, while 8% are students with English as a second language.
“Training centres like this give local students options to pursue vocational pathways and develop skills across a range of fields,” Minister Andrews said.
“There are many cities, communities and regions throughout Australia facing skills shortages in trades like metal fabrication and welding. Many of these skills will be in need locally and across Australia.
For more information visit www.education.gov.au/trade-training-centres-schools-program