August 10, 2015

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF BALLARAT’S NEW TECH SCHOOL

Labor MPs, Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight today met with local school, higher education and industry leaders from across the region to discuss the establishment of a new Tech School in Ballarat.

Ballarat’s Tech School is one of ten that will be established across Victoria including four in regional Victoria.

“Today’s discussion focused on how Ballarat’s own Tech School will complement and build on existing education provision in the region and provide our kids with a pathway to higher education, a trade or a professional career,” Mr Howard said.

“As jobs are becoming increasingly high-tech, it’s important that our kids gain the skills they need to keep pace with advances in technology.

“By bringing together local schools, community and industry leaders to identify our priorities for technical education – we’re creating opportunities in education that will deliver a highly skilled and diverse workforce to grow our economy.”

Wendouree MP Sharon Knight said the new Tech School will give local students the chance to get the most out of their education with access to leading edge technology and equipment.

“The Tech School will not be a traditional school, but a shared learning space, where students get to collaborate and develop the hands-on skills they need to get a good job.”

“As part of our record $4 billion investment in education, Labor is determined to make all schools great schools, giving every child the chance to succeed,” Ms Knight said.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $125 million to create ten fit-for-purpose Tech Schools across the state.

For more information on Tech Schools, visit www.education.vic.gov.au/techschools