New $18.5 million trade centre open in Frankston
Secondary school students in Frankston area now have access to a new $18.5 million trade training centre at Chisholm Institute’s Frankston campus.
The START (School Tafe Alliance for Regional Training) Trade Training Centre, one of the largest trade training centres in Australia, provides opportunities for students from Years 9 to 12 to enhance their secondary school learning experience and to build confidence and their capacity to succeed in developing their own career pathways.
Developed by Chisholm in partnership with 13 partner schools, START will give schools in the region a broader range of options to improve Year 12 retention rates and enhance student pathways into vocational careers.
The building was officially opened on Friday 8 May, 2015 by Bruce Billson, Federal Member for Dunkley and Minister for Small Business, Chisholm CEO Maria Peters and Maree Vinocuroff chairperson for START Board.
"Today represents the culmination of seven years of planning and development between a consortium of 13 public, independent and Catholic schools from within the Frankston region," said Ms Peters at the official opening.
"There is an indisputable link between quality education and training facilities and positive student experiences.
Longer term benefits will flow from continuing and increased proportions of local students within this region, gaining the skills and qualification they need for successful pathway and career employment outcomes".
The 13 schools consortium is made up of Carrum Downs Secondary College, Elisabeth Murdoch College, Flinders Christian Community College, Frankston High School Senior Campus, John Paul College, McClelland Secondary College, Monterey Secondary College, Mount Erin Secondary College, Mount Eliza Secondary College, Patterson River Secondary College, Naranga Special School, Toorak College and Woodleigh School.
Chisholm is the Australian and Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year and offers over 400 courses including VCAL, VCE and pre-apprenticeships to 40,000 students annually.