Trade Skills Centre Opening 2015
Date: May 19, 2015 Posted by: Carmel Cowley
A new $550,000 Rural Trade Skills Centre which opened at the College this year will broaden career path opportunities for students wishing to enter agricultural industries. Students in the VET stream in Years 11 and 12 will use this facility as they undertake a broad-based Certificate II in Agriculture, designed to introduce them to a wide range of rural career paths, including the grazing industry (cattle and sheep), broadacre farming (predominantly grain), production horticulture (tree crops and viticulture) and ornamental horticulture (nursery industry)..
The new facility incorporates a classroom, staff facilities, machinery workshop, small nursery area, propagation shed, tool store and chemical store. At the same time, improvements were also made to the existing sheep yards and facilities, to complement the excellent cattle handling facilities already on site.
Another feature of the Rural Trade Skills Centre is a number of ongoing industry partnerships which support it in delivering the agricultural qualifications.
They include David Bondfield (Palgrove Charolais), the McMahon Brothers (orchardists), the Bourke family (dairy farmers), Tony Comino (Kominos Wines) and Dalby pastoralist and grain grower Bob Wild.