$1.2 million investment to improve hospitality skills in Blacktown

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Joint statement with Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Students in Western Sydney will be able to gain valuable skills in the cooking trade at a new facility being officially opened in Blacktown today.

The Blacktown Girls High School Hospitality Trade Training Centre, located at Blacktown Girls High School, will offer local secondary students qualifications in hospitality.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan said Australian Government funding of $1.2m helped bring the centre to fruition.

“The hospitality skills to be imparted at the centre are currently in short supply,” Senator Ryan said.

“The new facilities include a commercial kitchen and high-quality equipment.”

The centre was officially opened this morning by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services and Senator for Western Sydney, representing Senator Ryan.

“The entire Blacktown Girls High School community and other individuals came together in a spirit of cooperation to make this training centre happen,” Senator Payne said.

“They thought about Western Sydney’s future needs, worked out what was best for the young people of the area, and devised a plan that makes a tangible difference.”

Senator Payne said the Blacktown Girls High School Hospitality Trade Training Centre was an example of the local community putting students first – an approach also being followed by the Australian Government in regard to school education generally.

“In the 2014 school year and beyond, the Government will build an education system that gives all students – no matter where they live and what school they attend – the tools to succeed in their chosen field of endeavour,” Senator Payne said.

The Government is concentrating on four main areas of reform: creating a more robust and balanced curriculum; improving teacher quality; increasing school autonomy; and better engaging parents in education.

“The ultimate purpose of these reforms is to foster a smart, skilled Australian workforce so that our country can remain productive, competitive and admired around the world,” Senator Payne said.