Work­ing to­wards new em­ploy­ment

TRADES SKILLS CEN­TRE OPENS

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

THE open­ing of the Man­durah Trades Skills Cen­tre at Coodanup Com­mu­nity Col­lege last week is a step to­wards grow­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Peel re­gion.

Un­der the Trade Train­ing Cen­tres in Schools pro­gram, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted $3.285 mil­lion to help tran­si­tion lo­cal stu­dents from school into the work­force and on to ca­reers.

Can­ning MHR Andrew Hastie, who opened the cen­tre, said by giv­ing lo­cal stu­dents skills for life, the cen­tre would bring eco­nomic se­cu­rity to stu­dents in a work­force that was in­creas­ingly au­to­mated.

“Vo­ca­tional train­ing mat­ters,’’ he said.

“The con­struc­tion in­dus­try is the sin­gle largest em­ployer in this city with 1256 houses ap­proved for con­struc­tion last year and that’s even be­fore we con­sider non-res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment.’’

Mr Hastie wel­comed the in­clu­sion of paint­ing and con­struc­tion work­shops and cited the Man­durah Fo­rum re­de­vel­op­ment and ship build­ing at Hen­der­son as prime ex­am­ples of grow­ing in­dus­tries in need of skilled work­ers.

“It’s all about the next gen­er­a­tion of tradies in Man­durah,’’ he said. “The skills learnt here could take stu­dents any­where in Aus­tralia.”

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