The Federal Government has announced an extra $400 million will be made available for trade training Centres (TTCs) in schools under Round Five of the national program.


Federal Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, said Round Five will be split into two phases of $200 millione ach, with phase 1 opening on November 30 this year and phase 2 opening in August next year. 


The announcement brings the Federal funding for the program to $2.5 billion between 2008 and 2018.


“Students at more than 620 schools across Australia are already benefitting from completed TTCs, and gaining valuable trade skills as a result. This latest release of funding means that more than 300 extra schools will have access to industry standard trade training infrastructure and equipment,” Mr Garrett said.


Mr Garrett also released the latest TTC progress report which details the program deliveries and achievements.


“TTCs give students access to state-of-the-art training facilities and the community has access to skilled future employees. But Joe Hockey has confirmed the Liberal Party want to cut the entire program, effectively wiping out the opportunity to get trade qualifications for thousands of secondary students.”


“The latest TTC progress report clearly shows these centres are not only being built on time, but are doing exactly what we intended – achieving remarkable results for students,” Mr Garrett said.


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