Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Centre Boosts Job Hopes

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Centre Boosts Job Hopes

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Byline: Owen Jacques owen.jacques@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY high school students will reap the benefits of a $6 million trade centre to be built at CQUniversity.

The Mackay Trade Centre is being spearheaded by five regional schools in a push to have better facilities for students working to enter the engineering, mining and manufacturing industries.

The schools have pooled the funding designated for them from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's "education revolution" to build the multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art complex that will allow students to spend whole days in a real workplace instead of 70-minute blocks at school.

Member for Dawson James Bidgood announced the funding boost yesterday and said it was another step to addressing skills shortages in the region.

Mackay North, Mackay, Mirani, Pioneer and Sarina high schools will shuttle students to the centre once a week for their courses.

Anthony Puddicombe, who is the head of the Industrial Technology and Design department at Mackay State High School said manual arts classes were limited because classes were so short. …

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