Victoria University's Werribee Campus will be the site for one of three new trade training centres for secondary school students in Melbourne's west.
The new centres are part of the Federal Government's plan to increase school completion rates to Year 12 by offering more vocational qualifications in areas of national skills shortage.
Students from eight Wyndham secondary schools - The Grange, Galvin Park, Hoppers Crossing, MacKillop, Manor Lakes, Thomas Carr, Warringa Park and Werribee - will jointly use the $9.42 million Wyndham Regional Community Trade Training Centre for vocational education training in schools (VETiS).
They will be taught by VU teachers in a range of trades including bricklaying, cabinetmaking, carpentry, metal working, hairdressing and cooking. The centre is scheduled to open for the beginning of the 2012 school year.
Victoria University will also deliver training for the $12.9 million Western Access Trade Training Centre, planned for five school-based sites in Maribyrnong and Brimbank, for students at Caroline Chisholm, Footscray City, St Albans, Sunshine College and Victoria University secondary schools. It is also expected to open in 2012.
A multi-hub third centre, the $8.9 million Hobsons Bay Region Trade Training Centre, will be used by students from Laverton P-12 College; Point Cook Senior Secondary College; Bayside P-12 College (Altona North Campus); Emmanuel College; Mount St Joseph Girls' College and Williamstown High School.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations announced the $31 million in funding for Melbourne's west last week as part of its trade training in schools program. The program will provide $2.5 billion over 10 years for Australian secondary students to have access to vocational education and to improve school retention rates.
Deputy vice-chancellor and director of TAFE, Dr Anne Jones, said the facilities would provide relevant and responsive trades training in the region, particularly at the entry level, and assist young people to make a successful transition from school to work.
"We are very excited to see the extent of this investment and commitment to vocational education in schools in the west of Melbourne, which complements our own work in tertiary vocational education and training," she said.
VU's associate director of youth, Jo Van-Son, said the facilities will help young people gain technical and trade qualifications in modern, well equipped facilities while completing their secondary studies.
"These investments are an exciting addition to our education system. They will enable the young people of the west to acquire the skills to make the most of opportunities created by our growing economy."
VU will also deliver trade training at the soon-to-be-built $11.2 million Western Edge Cluster Trade Centre on its Melton Campus, a project announced last year under the same program.
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