The Emmaus College Jimboomba Trade Skills Centre will have improved facilities as part of the Federal Governments push to strengthen vocational education and industry linkages in schools.
Emmaus College received close to $603, 000 of federal funding to construct new buildings and expand existing infrastructure in order to facilitate the delivery of qualifications including agriculture, horticulture and hospitality.
Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright said the trade training centre will bring a range of benefits for the local community and local students.
The vocational education and training which this centre enables will mean students who arent seeking a traditional tertiary education will have a head-start and more employment opportunities upon leaving school,
Its a wonderful scheme which the Coalition government has adopted which focuses on developing essential vocational skills in secondary schools to fill skill shortages within the jobs market which also tackles the issue of youth unemployment said Mr Buchholz.
The Emmaus College Jimboomba Trade Skills Centre includes the construction of an unenclosed alfresco teaching dining court adjacent to the commercial kitchen, the extension of an existing agriculture shed and also the provision of equipment.
It will deliver qualifications in agriculture, horticulture and hospitality to address skills shortages in those fields and in trades such as cook, landscape gardener and pastry cook.
Emmaus College was established following the desire of the local communities for a Christian primary school which would help cater for the fast-growing population of the Jimboomba and surrounding areas. The primary school opened in January, 2002 and the first Year 12 students graduated in 2010.