Trade Training Centres
In 2008 the Australian Government announced the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program (TTC). The program was aimed at providing state of the art facilities and equipment to support the Vocational Education and Training in Schools Programs (i.e. VET). The TTC program was to run for 10 years with annual rounds which were based on a national competitive submission basis. The program encouraged Government, Catholic and Independent schools to form partnerships to deliver VET programs.
At that stage the Brimbank and Western Edge VET Clusters were well advanced with cross sectoral VET provision.
Based on the existing goodwill and comprehensive VET programs, BMLLEN (now known as Future Connect) initiated stakeholder meetings across the BMLLEN area in order to gauge the interest and support for a BMLLEN process to attract significant funding for infrastructure and equipment to enhance VET delivery and student engagement.
Stake holder meetings were conducted over a period of time resulting in four potential TTC projects. The BMLLEN wrote applications and negotiated with the State and Federal governments to secure the funding.
Stake holders included Secondary Schools (all 3 sectors), TAFE sector, DEECD and Catholic Education Office.
The 3 projects led by the BMLLEN were successfully funded as follows:
- Brimbank TTC $ 5.33 million
- Western Edge Cluster TTC $11.20 million
- Melbourne West TTC $12.93 million
The fourth successful TTC was initiated and developed by CRC Sydenham ($6.07 million) with some support from the BMLLEN.
In all four TTC projects the commitment from schools hosting facilities on behalf of the cluster, was that the student enrolment process would be managed by the relevant VET Cluster.
Following is a list of all host school sites and which VET subject is provided.
Trade Training Centres In Schools Program-Brimbank/Melton VET Cluster Funding Summary Round 1 Phase 1
TRADE TRAINING CENTRE-CATHOLIC REGIONAL COLLEGE SYDENHAM
Catholic Regional College Sydenham Hospitality
Round 1 Phase 2 School/s Trades
TRADE TRAINING CENTRE-BRIMBANK
Copperfield College (Delahey) Automotive/Electrotechnology
Keilor Downs College Building & Construction
Marian College Hospitality
Round 1 Phase 2 School Trades
TRADE TRAINING CENTRE-WESTERN EDGE CLUSTER
Staughton College Building & Construction
Kurunjang Secondary College Electrotechnology
Catholic Regional College Melton Engineering
Melton Secondary College Hairdressing
Round 3 School Trades
TRADE TRAINING CENTRE-MELBOURNE WEST
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College Electrotechnology
Footscray City College Avionics
St Albans Secondary College Hospitality
Sunshine College (North Campus)-Harvester Technical College Carpentry
Victoria University Secondary College
Painting & Decorating
Refrigeration & Air-conditioning
Grand Total $35.5 million Note: New trades to the cluster are capitalised, i.e. 12 new VET studies.
TRADE TRAINING CENTRES - CATHOLIC REGIONAL COLLEGE SYDENHAM
TRADE TRAINING CENTRES - BRIMBANK
TRADE TRAINING CENTRES - WESTERN EDGE CLUSTER
TRADE TRAINING CENTRES - MELBOURNE WEST
MELBOURNE WEST TRADE TRAINING CENTRE - Harvester Technical College - Official Opening
On 11 September 2014, Sunshine College Principal, Tim Blunt, and Harvester Technical College Campus Principal, Mandy Patmore, hosted the official opening of the Melbourne West TTC Harvester Technical College site. The ceremony was attended and officially opened by the Hon. Senator Scott Ryan-Parliamentary Secretary for Education.
The new trade training centre was named the H.V. McKay Building and hosts building and construction, engineering, bricklaying and hairdressing. Mr Scott McKay represented the McKay family at the ceremony. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony a tour of the facility was offered.
The Brimbank/Melton LLEN played a key role in developing the Melbourne West TTC partnership of ten schools and securing the funding for the project.
The other four sites in the Melbourne West TTC comprise:
- Caroline Chisholm Catholic College (Lead School ) - Electrotechnology
- Footscray City College - Avionics, Horticulture
- St Albans Secondary College - Hospitality
- Victoria University Secondary College - Plastering/Painting and Decorating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning, Telecommunication
The total project attracted $12.9 million funding from the Federal Government.