THE announcement of funding for a Trade Training Centre split between Nowra Anglican College and Shoalhaven Anglican School in Milton has been welcomed by the Anglican schools board.
“The Australian government’s announcement of $541,000 of funding to establish a Trade Training Centre (TTC) across Nowra Anglican College and Shoalhaven Anglican School
at Milton will allow the introduction of new courses that benefit students and meet skills demands from local employers,” said chairman of Shoalhaven Region Anglican Schools Bill Shields.
“This funding will pay for remodelling and re-equipping of specialist facilities at Milton for the delivery of Certificate 2 courses in Primary Industry – Horticulture, Construction Pathways and Electrotechnology. Both schools will also install classrooms with video conferencing facilities to enable
students to undertake instruction at each location, reducing travel times.
“Funding this project signals the establishment of a regional trade skills hub that will address some of the economic challenges of the region. It will increase access for students to trade qualifications, traineeships and future school based apprenticeships,” Mr Shields said.
“These courses will build on existing vocational education and Training options for students such as hospitality and entertainment industries, and with digital technology about to commence in 2014,” said Shoalhaven Anglican School head of school Craig Mansour.
Nowra Anglican College acting principal Lorrae Sampson thought being able to offer primary industries subjects would be fantastic.
“We are looking at aquaculture, hydroponics, viticulture as well as having chooks and sheep,” she said.
“To start with there will be four subjects offered but in 2015 we are expecting to expand to cover electro technology and construction,” she said.