GALLERY: Multi-million-dollar Trade Training Centre opens at St Francis Xavier's

Earlier today, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO officially opened the multi-million-dollar Newcastle Catholic Schools Trade Training Centre (TTC) at St Francis Xavier's College Hamilton (SFX).

SFX is the lead school of a cluster group of Catholic schools, including St Paul's, Booragul; San Clemente, Mayfield; St Pius X, Adamstown; and St Mary's, Gateshead, which received Commonwealth funding of more than $6.8 million to build Trade Training Centres providing state-of-the-art Vocational Education and Training resources for students. The facilities developed in these schools focus on skill shortage industries such as Hospitality and Building and Construction.

Senator Sinodinos presented each of the participating schools with a plaque, as well as the Yula Punaal Centre at Mandalong.  This partnership with the Yula Punaal Centre allows for the development of a TTC facility at the Mandalong site with the express purpose of addressing access to skills development for indigenous students, especially in the field of Land Management and Horticulture.

Vocational Education Officer at the Catholic Schools Office, Lyndelle Neville, said “We’re excited to offer these amazing TTC facilities to students and we thank Senator Sinodinos and representatives from all cluster schools for celebrating this exciting time for Vocational Education and Training in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle."

Below is a gallery of images from the opening of the St Francis Xavier's Trade Training Centre.

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Emma Blackford worked for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2009-2017. During this time, Emma held the positions of Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Marketing and Communications Manager for CatholicCare Hunter-Manning.