Students to benefit from new Dickson Trade Training Centre

Secondary students from the North of Canberra can now gain valuable skills in trades such as automotive electrician, cook, fitter, metal fabricator, motor mechanic, pastry cook, plumber, and welder, with the opening of the Dickson Area Trade Training Centre.


Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja will officially open the centre this afternoon and welcome students from Daramalan College and Emmaus Christian School to the new facilities.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan said Australian Government funding of $3 million helped bring the centre to fruition.

“The automotive, electrotechnology, engineering and hospitality skills to be imparted at the centre are currently in short supply,” Senator Ryan said.

“The new facilities include an automotive workshop, a metal engineering and electrotechnology workshop and a combined theory room, an existing food technology facility refurbished to include a commercial kitchen and high quality equipment.”

Senator Seselja said the Dickson Area Trade Training Centre will offer secondary students at Daramalan College and Emmaus Christian School qualifications in automotive, electrotechnology, engineering and hospitality.

“I’m pleased to see the local Dickson school community has joined together to bring this initiative to the young people of the area.

“The centre will offer students the tools they require to help them succeed in whatever career path they choose to take following Year 12.

The Federal Government is concentrating on four main areas of reform: creating a more robust and balanced curriculum; improving teacher quality; increasing school autonomy; and better engaging parents in education.

“With these reforms the Government hopes to foster a smart, skilled, Australian workforce so that our country can remain productive, competitive and admired around the world,” Senator Seselja said.