Trade skills centre will boost students' opportunities

THE opening today of the new Mt Sion Trades Skills Centre at Shalom College in Bundaberg will help create pathways for local students into the workforce and to valued careers, the federal member for Hinkler, Mr Keith Pitt MP said.

Local students and staff in Bundaberg can now make full use of trade training facilities, which have been developed through the Australian Government's funding commitment of $1,013,313.

"It is great to be here today to open the centre and to see these new facilities firsthand," Mr Pitt said.

"The Mt Sion Trades Skills Centre is all about giving students the real skills they need to help them get the jobs that we will need in the future.

"Training centres like this enable local students to pursue vocational pathways and develop skills across a range of fields.

"There are real skills shortages in cities, communities and regions throughout Australia, which means local students, and indeed the whole school community will benefit from the use of these innovative new facilities."

Mr Pitt said the centre incorporates the construction of workshops for engineering, construction and furnishing and the provision of equipment.

"The Australian Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of industry and employers and to providing students with training, particularly in areas where there are skills shortages." Mr Pitt said.

"Skills training at secondary school provides a basis for students to pursue further training after school or to enter the workplace. 

I congratulate the entire school community for its foresight in getting this centre up and running."

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham, also congratulated Mt Sion Trades Skills Centre on its official opening.

Senator Birmingham said that as well as delivering increased funding to schools, the Australian Government is focusing on quality education for Australian schools.

"While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities," Senator Birmingham said.

"The Australian Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world."

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