New trades centre for Darwin
The Federal Government has announced it will provide $21.3 million to Charles Darwin University (CDU) to establish a new trades training facility at the Casurina Campus in Darwin.
Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, said the new facility will be funded the Regional Priorities Round of the Education Investment Fund.
"The new facility will support students across the Northern Territory by providing training in mechanical, civil and green skills, as well as electro-technology, building and construction, and process engineering," Ms Bird said.
"The project will also provide targeted pathways and educational support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recent migrants and refugees in skills relevant to the liquefied natural gas, energy and resources, and personal services sectors."
Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Chris Bowen, said the funding showed that the Government is committed to investing in trades training and building a high skilled workforce.
"This new VET training facility is expected to produce an additional 750 VET graduates per annum at Certificate III level and above,” Mr Bowen said.
The trades training facility will comprise internal open and flexibly configured learning spaces using mobile equipment, classrooms, a computer laboratory, a student common room, and staff office space. It will also include specially designed safe, open areas for dangerous and elevated skills training.