NSW Schools compete to teach trades

Catholic, independent and public schools are locked in competition to win eight Australian Technical Colleges earmarked for NSW, where students will combine an apprenticeship with HSC study.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the contenders, all backed by industry and business partners, include the Parramatta Catholic Education Office, Trinity Grammar School, public schools and TAFEs in five regions.

The 24 not-for-profit colleges, to be established nationally from next year, were announced by the Prime Minister last year. They will each educate 300 Year 11 and 12 students in trade, academic, information technology and business subjects.

Students, who are expected to be indentured to an employer and start their apprenticeship at school, will sit a Year 12 exam like the HSC. The colleges will be governed by a council chaired by a local business or industry representative and must offer training in four trades.

Michael Bezzina, the director of religious education and educational services at Parramatta Catholic Education Office, said under its proposal for a technical college, students would be educated at "a number of existing schools" and taught a modified HSC to suit industry needs.

Schools compete to teach trades (Sydney Morning Herald 14/6/05)

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15 Jun 2005