Helping students trade up skills

Polytechnic lecturer Wayne Horton with students Stan Bowie and Badon Atkinson. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d420210
Polytechnic lecturer Wayne Horton with students Stan Bowie and Badon Atkinson. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d420210

The $1.6 million dollar facility was opened by Canning MHR Don Randall last Thursday, with representatives from industry and training sectors, students and teachers also attending.

Principal Mary Griffiths said Armadale Senior High School established a partnership with Polytechnic West, which will allow students to gain qualifications in construction.

‘A Polytechnic West construction lecturer works in the Trade Training Centre every Thursday and Friday teaching bricklaying and tiling,’ she said.

‘The students will earn a Certificate II in Construction, real industry qualifications which they leave school with.’

Mrs Griffiths said the construction courses at the Trade Training Centre fit into a variety of vocational pathways offered at Armadale Senior High School, including automotive, engineering, furniture and business.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education Scott Ryan said a $2m funding contribution from the national government helped bring the centre to fruition.

‘The construction skills to be imparted at the centre are currently in short supply,’ Senator Ryan said.

‘The facilities include a wet trades workshop, a covered workshop, three store facilities and high quality equipment.’

Mr Randall said the Trade Training Centre was an example of the community putting students first.

‘The entire Armadale Senior High School community and other individuals came together in a spirit of co-operation,’ he said.