Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said today’s opening of the new Alstonville High School Primary Industries Trades Skills Centre will create pathways for local students into the workforce and on to valued careers.
Local students and staff in Alstonville can now make full use of the trade training facilities, which have been developed through the Australian Government’s funding commitment of $1,000,000.
“It is great to be here today to open the centre and to see these new facilities firsthand,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Alstonville High School Primary Industries Trades Skills Centre is all about equipping local students with 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 many cities, communities and regions throughout Australia facing skills shortages in agriculture.”
“So the skills that students will develop at the Alstonville High School Primary Industries Trades Skills Centre will not only benefit Alstonville, they will be skills that could potentially put them on a pathway for jobs in industries anywhere in Australia.”
Mr Hogan said the centre incorporates a new trade training facility and includes a work room, seminar room, staff room and amenities and covered outdoor work areas.
“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 Hogan said.
“Skills training at secondary school provide a pathway to enter the workplace or to continue to pursue further training after school.
“I congratulate the entire school community for its foresight in getting this centre up and running.”