Schools in the Inner West will now miss out on the opportunity to have a Trade Training Centre, following the Coalition’s decision to completely scrap the program.
12 local schools would have been eligible for funding, however the Abbott Government’s decision to cut $950 million from the Budget now means local Trade Training Centres won’t see the light of day.
The Abbott Government has shown complete disregard for our young people.
Students should have the opportunity to gain work experience and technical skills in the areas that interest them.
We should be making sure young people are job-ready, not taking opportunities away.
The Coalition has now cut all three federal youth unemployment prevention programs – Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Advice, together with the National Job Guide.
These are programs which help young Australians finish year 12, get work experience and understand their options for the future.
Last week we heard Australia’s youth unemployment rate has risen to 14 per cent – its highest level since 2001.
This latest decision to cut Trade Training Centres is clearly counterproductive.
I’m committed to making sure our young people have the opportunities they need to get ahead in life.
List of schools –
Ashfield Boys High School
Canterbury Boys High School
Canterbury Girls High School
Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design
Fort Street High School
Marrickville High School
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus
Tempe High School
St Maroun’s College
The Athena School
Trinity Grammar School