PREMIER Mark McGowan has used the State Government’s first Community Cabinet of the year to spruik the importance of trade training when he visited Belmont City College today.
Mr McGowan went a tour of the school’s Trade Training Centre, talking to students at its cafe, kitchen and garden.
He said the centre was one of the great aspects of the school and commended its approach to hospitality and horticultural.
“This training allows students to get the skills they need for future employment so at this school, hospitality training is important,” he said.
“In the area of Belmont there is the new stadium, the race tracks, the casino, it is really a tourism and hospitality hub and so training local people to take advantage of the jobs coming out of those industries is very important.”
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the school was doing excellent work for Indigenous students and for some students through the Inclusive Education Centre.
“It’s really important that we give students choice and we recognise that for some students we need to cater particular programs to give them the support that they need,” she said.
“For those kids that are part of the inclusion program, we need to give them the range of skills learning at their pace.
“Schools are also about getting students connected to future employment options and that’s why the trade training centre is important.”
The State Government has pledged $7 million for a performing arts centre at the school, which is on track to be completed in 2021.