Students in the Gwydir region will have the opportunity to learn useful vocational skills in the newly opened Gwydir Learning Region Trade Training Centre.
The Gwydir Learning Region Trade Training Centre, with sites located at Warialda High School, Bingara Central School and at the Gwydir Shire Council, will allow secondary school students to earn qualifications in agriculture, automotive, horticulture and hospitality.
The centre, which was built with a $2 999 193 contribution from the Australian Government, was officially opened by Mr Mark Coulton, Member for Parkes, on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.
The centre incorporates an automotive workshop, two agriculture theory rooms, three hospitality facilities with commercial kitchens, offices, staff rooms, store room and amenities.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of industry and employers and to ensuring students are trained in areas where there are existing skills shortages.”
Mr Coulton toured all three facilities and welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to training young people in the Gwydir region.
“The new facilities at Gwydir Learning Region Trade Training Centre will give students the best chance to learn workplace skills,” Mr Coulton said.
“Skills training at secondary school provides a basis for students to pursue further training after school or to enter the workplace.”
“For many students, learning a trade will be the key to a job in a wide range of industries, from tourism to construction.”
“I congratulate the entire school community and Gwydir Shire Council on the world class and cost effective facilities that they have established in Warialda and Bingara.”