The centre was established with a $1.5 million grant from federal government’s Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.
The centre was developed to provide industry training up to Certificate III level in Aquaculture, Horticulture and General Agriculture. Courses in these areas are a priority for the centre.
The school principal at the time, Carmel Thew, saw an opportunity to reinforce the school’s strong emerging links with Asia by applying to establish a Trade Training Centre that focused on industries that were developing niche markets in Asia, with the resultant post-school employment opportunities that could result for students.
Deputy Principal Michael McNamara led the development of the application.
Construction started in early 2011 and, despite a wet winter, was completed late last year.
The additional industry focus areas of the Trade Training Centre complement what is an already successful vocational training program at the school.
Murwillumbah High principal Warrick Simmons said, ‘This project is an example of Murwillumbah High School’s leadership in vocational training and enterprise education that meets the needs of its community.’
Justine Elliot said, ‘I congratulate all of those involved in making this project a success and applaud your commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for the young people of this region.’