The Trade Training Centre was formally opened in October 2013 by Senator Mark Bishop, representing the Federal Government. The project was initiated in 2008 by the Principal, Dr Kath Partridge, who with the College Board developed the TTC concept. A consortium of schools – Cannington Community College, Southern River College and Yule Brook College – with Sevenoaks as the lead school were successful in the application to the Federal Government for funding.
Our students commenced programs in the Trade Training Centre at the beginning of 2012. The inaugural students, year 11 & 12, enrolled into one of two certificate courses: Certificate II Automotive Vehicle Servicing (30 students) and Certificate II Engineering (22 students).
In the Metals and Fabrication centre, students are being given wonderful access to industry standard welders, guillotines and other metal fabrication equipment. In the Automotive centre students are performing practical tasks such as engine servicing, brake checking and skimming, tyre fitting and balancing. This is just to name a few of the skills the students are learning to prepare them for their future in each of these industries.
In addition, a year 10 preparation program was implemented in term 4 last year for potential students. These students formed the basis of the first intake of students this year. During 2012 this model has continued with year 10 students from our consortium schools completing units of competency from Certificate I courses, developing their foundation skills and understandings in preparation for the Certificate II courses. For 2014 we already have enrolled 30 students in Certificate II Automotive and 20 students in Certificate II Metals & Fabrication.
Our aim is to steadily build this number to 100 students over the next few years. We are taking enrolments now for these excellent courses and are able to enrol students from the age of 16-18 years. We will continue to work with industry to ensure that the pathways for all of these students are readily available. So far, we have had great support from AHG Automotive Group, Westrac, the Engineering and Automotive Training Council and Polytechnic West. We look forward to strengthening these relationships into the future.