The Hon Greg Hunt MP today officially opened the Centre of Excellence: Newhaven College Trades Skills Centre and the new library and administration building at Newhaven College on Phillip Island.
Minister Hunt opened the buildings on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
The library and administration building was partly funded by an Australian Government Capital Grant of $500,000.
The Centre of Excellence: Newhaven College Trades Skills Centre was built with a $1.5 million contribution from the Australian Government and incorporates a metals workshop, joinery and wood workshop, storage and preparation area, staff workroom, theory room and sheltered outdoor work area.
Minister Hunt said Trades Skills Centres were designed to expand vocational education and training opportunities in schools, while forging stronger connections with industry.
“This is a state-of-the-art building where students can gain practical construction and trades qualifications,” Minister Hunt said.
“These students have a keen interest in taking up employment in trade industries and this will provide them with the necessary skills to fulfil their passions.
“It is brilliant to see these young people thriving in a hands-on environment and learning trades that may become their future careers.”
Newhaven College Principal Gea Lovell said the new building would create greater opportunities for students to gain trades skills.
“There are some real skill shortages in the region. This centre will help provide formal qualifications in the trades of construction and furnishing and hopefully encourage our students into local employment,” Mrs Lovell said.
“The Trades Skills Centre allows students to gain practical skills while completing a senior secondary program,” she said.