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July 24, 2015

Students in Traralgon will have the opportunity to learn useful vocational skills in the newly opened Lavalla Catholic College Trades Skills Centre.

The Lavalla Catholic College Trades Skills Centre, located at the Kildare Campus of Lavalla Catholic College, will allow secondary school students to earn qualifications in building and construction, electrotechnology, and engineering.

The centre, which was built with a $1 million contribution from the Australian Government, was officially opened today by the Hon Darren Chester MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence and Member for Gippsland, on behalf of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan.

The centre incorporates workshops for engineering, electrotechnology, and construction, including a machine shop, two construction rooms, a theory room, a materials store, staff offices and three outdoor teaching areas.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring vocational training meets the needs of industry and employers and to providing students with training in areas where there are skills shortages,” Senator Ryan said.

The Hon Darren Chester MP welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to training young people in Traralgon.

“The new facilities at the Lavalla Catholic College Trades Skills Centre will give students the best chance to learn workplace skills,” Mr Chester said.

“Skills training at secondary school provides a basis for students to pursue further training after school or to enter the workplace.

“For many students, learning a trade will be the key to a job in a wide range of industries, from tourism to construction.

“I congratulate the entire school community for its foresight and cooperation to get this centre up and running.”

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