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Year 9 students of construction at St Joseph’s College Banora Point Trade Skills Centre show Richmond MP Justine Elliot some of the facilities. Photo supplied

A new multi-million-dollar trade skills centre at a Banora Point high school is set to give local young people a head start when entering the workforce.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot attended the official opening last week of the St Joseph’s College Banora Point Trade Skills Centre (formerly known as trade training centres].

Mrs Elliot said she was proud to have announced in September 2013 $1.5 million from the federal Labor government for the St Joseph’s College Trade Skills Centre ‘to ensure local young people gain the skills they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow’.

‘This was in contrast to Tony Abbott and the Liberal National Party who later cut the funding for further trade skills centres,’ she said.

‘St Joseph’s Trade Skills Centre will focus on electro-technologies, hospitality and construction pathways addressing skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by equipping the school with the state-of-the-art industry standard facilities they need.

‘The Trade Skills Centres in School Program goes beyond building facilities by encouraging schools to build relationships with local businesses.

‘Schools are encouraged to work with local employers who can support the schools with expertise, and equipment as well as provide on the job placements, school based apprenticeships and traineeships for local students.

‘As the local MP I’m always fighting to make sure we get our fair share from Canberra. This federal funding will help skill our future tradespeople.

Hospitality students at the training centre Connor Johns (left), and  Shelly Armstrong with Mrs Elliot.
Hospitality students at the training centre Connor Johns (left), and Shelly Armstrong with Mrs Elliot.


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  1. St Joseph’s College is a Catholic fee charging school with entry requirements. There are two public high schools within 1 km as the crow flies, Banora Point High & Tweed River High. Are these two also to receive tax payer funded state of the art industry standard facilities to the tune of $1.5m?


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