NCEC support for trade careers pathway promise


The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has voiced its support for Prime Minister Gillard's undertaking to provide a clearer pathway for school students looking towards a trades career.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister on 21 July, the cadetships will have a curriculum path defined by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority as part of the Australian Curriculum, and recognised by industry. The cadetships will be delivered at Trade Training Centres (TTCs).

NCEC Chief Executive Officer Dr Bill Griffiths said that of approximately 230 approved TTC projects, 37 are directly attached to Catholic schools.

"These 37 Catholic TTCs are accessed by students from 52 other Catholic school clusters," Dr Griffiths explained. "Catholic students may also access some TTCs in the Government and Independent sectors as part of a cluster arrangement."

Dr Griffiths said enhanced formal links with the Vocational Education and Training sector, including credit transfer, will assist Catholic secondary schools better meet the needs of students.

“We are keen to encourage young people to keep their career options open, and to investigate different education and training pathways."

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