Programme 2.4 Trade Training

Trade Training Centres and Trades Skills Centres provide students with access to trade training facilities and vocational pathways. They help to keep students engaged in school and create links between schools, communities, and local industry and employers. The programme aims to:

  • address skills shortages in traditional trades and other eligible occupations by:
    • improving student access to trade training facilities that meet industry standards
    • improving the quality of schooling offered to secondary students undertaking trade-related pathways
    • assisting young people to make a successful transition from school to work or further education and training
  • contribute to achieving two major COAG targets by:
    • lifting the Year 12 or equivalent attainment rate of 20- to 24-year-olds to 90 per cent by 2015
    • halving the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other students in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.

While the programme will cease after round 5, on 23 January 2014 the Government confirmed funding of over $209 million for 136 trade training projects servicing 224 schools. These new projects will be called Trades Skills Centres to reflect the Government’s commitment to strong industry linkages.

Under the programme a total of 511 centres, benefiting 1296 schools, have been funded. As at 30 June 2014, 78 centres reported commencing their trade training delivery during 2013–14, bringing the number of operational centres under the programme to 331 and the number of schools with access to a trade training centre to 883.

Performance information

Progress against COAG targets is reported through the National Education Agreement and National Indigenous Reform Agreement.

Table 10: Programme 2.4 Trade Training performance information

Trade Training Centres in Schools Programme

Deliverables 2013—14 estimate 2013—14 actual
Total announced projects (cumulative) 511 511
New projects announced 136 136
New projects announced—number of schools benefiting 225 224