Girrawheen, Kiara’s VET programs praised during Federal visit


Girrawheen SHS training centre manager Dean Cantwell, Vocational Education and Skills Minister Scott Ryan, Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins, acting principal Barbara Newton and students Jarrod Stevens and Keith Hill.
Girrawheen SHS training centre manager Dean Cantwell, Vocational Education and Skills Minister Scott Ryan, Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins, acting principal Barbara Newton and students Jarrod Stevens and Keith Hill.

Vocational Education and Skills Minister Scott Ryan joined Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins on April 4 to tour Girrawheen Senior High School and Kiara College and see their onsite VET programs of construction and agriculture respectively.

“Both schools provide great environments for hands-on learning and provide a valuable skills base for students entering the workforce,” Mr Simpkins said, praising recent successes.

“Keith from Girrawheen SHS won the WA division at the latest World Skills Trade Competition.

“Kiara College recently sold a prized Suffolk sheep from their program for $18,000 at the WA Royal Show.

“It is fantastic to see these local schools and their students being able to showcase the skills that they have learned to the rest of Australia.”

Senator Ryan said the VET system trained students in skills for “real jobs”.

“An effective VET system is critical to ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce it needs for economic growth,” he said.