EVANS River K-12 Community School’s new $1 million Food Technology Trade Training Centre will enable the school to broaden the base of learning programs available to students, particularly in the area of vocational education and training courses, principal Rob Walker has said.
“The project will refurbish our existing Food Technology Teaching Space (classroom) to a standard enabling the school to deliver Certificate I and II Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) qualification,” he said.
“In appearance the room will change from presenting more as a home cooking environment to that of a commercial cooking space.
“In addition, a 50sq m outdoor bistro area will be constructed.
“The whole facility will be on the first floor of the Technology & Applied Studies building at the school.
“The school’s ability to deliver these courses has also been made possible due to the specialised training undertaken by the staff that will use the facility to deliver the classes.
“The key teachers are Tanya Entwistle and Cathie Woodbury.
“The head teacher for the learning area (Technology & Applied Studies) is Mr Craig Gillespie.
“Students and staff are delighted at this enhancement of the facilities as this will enable the school to broaden the base of learning programs available to students, particularly in the area of vocational education and training courses.
“Such courses have proven very popular at the school and, when combined with the school’s strong academic programs, strengthen the comprehensive high-quality education offered by the school.”
Member for Page Kevin Hogan last week inspected the site of the new centre, and said the funding was part of more than $5.8 million that would go to five local schools to establish trade training centres to give students more study and job options.
“It is great news for high school students who are interested in vocational training,” Mr Hogan said.
Between 2011 and 2012, the total number of 15 to
19- year-olds starting apprenticeships or traineeships fell by almost 4%.
“Funding this program provides students with more study options and job opportunities, as well as increasing student attendance and retention rates,” Mr Hogan said.
Evans River K-12 provides an education for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and provides educational services for the students of Evans Head, Woodburn, Coraki, Broadwater, Boundary Creek, New Italy, Tabbimoble, Swan Bay, Bungawalbyn, Dungarubba and Bora Ridge.