Redland City students and businesses will soon be reaping the benefits of the Australian Industry Trade College’s new education facility at Cleveland.
Work on the college is complete with the first trainees starting on Wednesday 27 January.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, who inspected work on the new education facility today, said the independent co-educational senior college would provide huge benefits for the city.
“This has been nearly three years in the making, so I am thrilled to see how far the new college at Toondah Harbour has progressed,’’ Cr Williams said.
“Local students in years 11 and 12 will soon have access to high quality trade training and senior education that is proven to increase employment opportunities. And this means local businesses will soon be able to benefit from access to apprentices and trainees who are work ready.
“It also comes at a very important time for the Redlands as crucial projects such as the $1.4 billion redevelopment of Toondah Harbour, a stone’s throw away, advances following the recent signing of an infrastructure agreement which will deliver $116 million of community improvements to the city.
“This college will fill a real void in the area, with the AITC’s curriculum designed for the real world, allowing students to complete their Queensland Certificate of Education while training full time as a school-based apprentice.
“It will be training local young people for local jobs in what will be a massive plus for local businesses and industry. In the past, too many young people have been forced to leave the Redlands to get this sort of training and to find work.
“I am also encouraged by the level of support from local businesses, which have backed the venture by offering training and employment opportunities.
AITC CEO Mark Hands said the college’s goal, as an independent senior school with a trade focus, was to train young people to the highest standard.
He said more than 80 students had already enrolled for courses ranging from carpentry and mechanics to hairdressing and boat building.
“We’re looking forward to soon be working with Redland City Council, local registered training organisations and employers to expand our successful model to the city,” Mr Hands said.
“We see the Redlands becoming a place of opportunity for well-trained young people.’’