WATCH: Gladstone students miss out on training facilities
CONCERNS have been raised that Federal Government funding cuts will mean Central Queensland students will miss out on the same opportunities provided at Gladstone State High School.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Education Amanda Rishworth raised the concerns while inspecting the newly built, yet-to-be officially opened, Trade Skills Centre at the school this week.
The $3.4 million centre recently began training its first group of students in logistics and electro technology.
"Unfortunately though, as a result of the Liberal government's $950 million cut to the Trades Training Centre program, other schools, including Emerald State High School won't get the opportunity like Gladstone has to actually develop and build a trades training centre and deliver that high quality training to students," Ms Rishworth said.
"Ken O'Dowd's decision to back Malcolm Turnbull's $950 million cut to Labor's successful Trade Training Centres in schools program is surprising given his positive comments about the program in the past.
"What it (Trade Skills Centre) does is it gives a student a pathway. It gets them to try a trade while they are still at school. It gives them a qualification - they leave with a certificate. But also they can finish Year 12 as well. And we know Year 12 is a passport to the future. So by having that opportunity at school is a really good development for those young people.
"They also get to experience work," Queensland Senator Jan McLucas, joined Ms Rishworth in voicing concerns.
"The reality is for regional students like these in Gladstone, there are few opportunities for them when they finish high school," he said.
Senator McLucas said the cuts will leave 20 schools in Flynn without the opportunity to ever become a Trade Training Centre.