Prime Minister Scott Morrison went back to school today joining students at the Australian Trade College North Brisbane in their training classes. Under the watchful eyes of their classmates, the PM brushed up on his trade training skills with the Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Hon Luke Howarth.
College Principal Brett Kavanagh was pleased to report on the PM’s efforts, “Prime Minister Morrison deserves full marks and looked very much at home in both the Construction Courtyard and Commercial Kitchen”.
In his address, The Prime Minister encouraged students in their choices to study a trade and encouraged them in their pursuit of one day possibly starting their own business.
“The Prime Minister was so impressed with the College’s ability to integrate the Queensland Certificate of Education, trade training, apprenticeship services all with an entrepreneurial focus to encourage students to start their own business.
Mr Morrison said, “ …I can’t tell you how excited that makes me” when responding to the overwhelming response of students indicating that they hope to be running their own business. Skills, experience working in an apprenticeship and confidence were named as the recipe, with the PM having emerged from the College Commercial Kitchen in the minutes prior.
“It was a wonderful sight to see our students showcase their skills as the Prime Minister toured the Electro Room, Construction Yard, Automotive Workshop and Commercial Kitchen before he addressed a full school assembly. Click here to take a Virtual Tour of the Trade College.
Mr Morrison said to students that he was ‘Passionate about Apprenticeships because I have seen how it changes young people’s lives’. The PM encouraged students in their pursuit of apprenticeships, highlighting that young people who are employed in full time jobs before the age of 22, completely changed their trajectory. He went on further to say that the economy and jobs are dependent on people just like themselves.
The Prime Minister said for those of you who go down a trade path there is great success ahead of you. There is great opportunity ahead of you. There is great independence ahead of you. You can run your own business. You can be your own boss. You can set your own goals and go out and achieve them,”.
College Principal, Brett Kavanagh, said a Prime Ministerial visit is a special occasion.
“The visit was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate, to key policy and decision makers, the power an apprenticeship has to set a young person on a prosperous career pathway.
“The College’s strong focus on your careers and education has resulted in 80% of our Year 12 graduates securing full time work within three months of graduation,” Mr Kavanagh said.
Annually Year 11 and Year 12 students at the Trade College contribute over 6000 days or some 50,000 hours of work into the local economy through our flagship industry work experience placements program. Access to this program is the gateway to securing a school-based apprenticeship.
Information Enrolment events are held throughout the year and are an excellent opportunity to meet our teachers and trainers, tour our industry standard trade workshops and education facilities, and discover more about our flagship industry placement program. Register today for the next Information Enrolment Event on Tuesday 17 May. Registering a place is essential as the events always book out. Avoid disappointment and register your place today.
There are numerous options on how your child / student can travel to and from the Australian Trade College North Brisbane including our own College buses; public school buses (operated by Translink) and the new Moreton Bay rail link.