State Education Minister John Gardiner visited the centre this month to meet with staff and students as well as potential employers from the western suburbs, including those involved with the defence industry.
On a tour of the facility the Minister heard that following the opening of the $3.3 million state-of-the-art centre in 2014, enrolments have increased to more than 300 students. Adjacent land has now been purchased which will enable the centre to expand its facilities and the training offered to students.
A collaborative initiative between Mount Carmel, Nazareth and St Michael’s colleges, the facility is equipped with the highest quality tools and machinery that enable staff to deliver industry specific training.
The three industry areas currently offered include hairdressing and beauty therapy; construction and building (carpentry, brick and block laying, wall and floor tiling, plastering); and manufacturing and engineering (welding, fitting and machining, sheetmetal).
Students in Years 10-12 from Catholic, Independent and State schools have the opportunity to work towards a Certificate II qualification, while completing their SACE studies.
Trade training manager Shane Gubbin told the guests on the tour there was a good success rate for students going on to secure traineeships and apprenticeships following secondary school.
Students who spoke to The Southern Cross said they enjoyed attending the training centre and gaining hands-on experience in the trade of their choice. Many said the experience was helping them to make a decision about their future career.
Tristan Barbaro from Mt Carmel said he was hoping to pursue mechanical engineering when he finishes school this year and Year 12 St Michael’s student Joseph Marsay wants to secure an apprenticeship in fabrication or welding.
Darcy Barnes, who is in Year 11 at Nazareth, said he was still thinking about his future career path but appreciated the opportunity to learn about carpentry, while Diane Pappas from St Michael’s said she was enjoying the skills being taught in the hairdressing course.Jump to next article