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Trades Skills Centre
GREAT SOUTHERN TRADES SKILLS CENTRE
The Trades Skills Centre journey began in 2013 when the opportunity arose for Katanning Senior High School in conjunction with Gnowangerup, Kojonup and Wagin District High Schools, to apply for DEEWR Round 5 Federal funding to refurbish a current workshop facility to industry specifications. The Great Southern Trade Skills Centre proposal targeted improving Year 12 attainment and improving career options for students, in skills shortage areas with low socio economic schools being a priority in the funding arrangements. In August that year our application was successful and $2,000,000 was allocated for the project.
The Centre is now in full operation and has seen students attain a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation, Certificate I in Engineering and a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways. This has been possible by partnering with VETiS Consulting Services as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to provide the course materials. In 2018 the Centre is also offering Year 11 and 12 students a General Automotive Engineering and Technology course using syllabus material from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA).
The Centre aims to make its students “Work Ready”, focusing on the skills and safety relevant to their course of study, and works closely with the “Workplace Learning Program” to ensure students get the opportunity to put into practice in an actual workplace their acquired skills. Several students also attend the Centre who are currently employed in part time Traineeships.
If you would like to know more information about the Centre please do not hesitate to contact the school.