Working towards new employment
TRADES SKILLS CENTRE OPENS
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.”
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie (left) with students and principal Vicky McKeown (right) at the opening of the Mandurah Trades Skills Centre at Coodanup Community College.