Schools trade centre funded

FUNDING for an Albury trades centre which will benefit students from The Scots School and Trinity College has been guaranteed by the federal Coalition government.

During last year’s election campaign the Labor Party questioned whether the Coalition would fund the centre if elected.

Yesterday parliamentary secretary to Education Minister Senator Scott Ryan confirmed centres, such as the Scots’ site, would proceed.

“We want to improve the delivery of vocational education and training in schools and we have started by better focusing the funding agreements to deliver improved industry engagement and collaboration,” Senator Ryan said.

The Scots project, which is worth $2 million, is a collaborative effort with Trinity Anglican College under the banner of Albury Independent Schools Trade Training Centre.

A commercial kitchen, with a coffee shop, dining room and classrooms, will be built at The Scots School along with a metal engineering centre, while Trinity will host a building construction centre.

Construction is expected to be completed later this year.