Watching Isaac Troughton, 17, prepare for lunch are (from left) Sid Sidebottom MHR, Marist Regional College principal Susan Chen and Archbishop Doyle.THERE were plenty of smiles on the faces of students who are using the new Cradle Coast Trade Training Centre.
Yesterday Federal Member for Braddon Sid Sidebottom was only too pleased to be opening the facility that includes Cloud 9 cafe and restaurant, bakery kitchen and commercial kitchen at Marist Regional College in Burnie.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, particularly Minister Peter Garrett, we’ve been very pleased to be able to partner with Marist Regional College and those who have made this happen,” he said
The site where the centre sits was once home for the Marist brothers. Now it has a new lease of life, thanks to $1.6million in funding, including $1.47million from the Federal Government. Another $138,000 from Marist has been used to buy the small cooking equipment.
The new centre gives access to vocational training for students from high schools along the Coast, not only Marist. The training will provide them with the skills to work within a range of industries including hospitality, tourism and business.
Mr Sidebottom said to have a competency that was nationally recognised when leaving school and to continue into the workforce would benefit the nation.
“To be able to use those skills however you want to and have a productive nation is absolutely crucial, so I thank all of those people involved in making this happen and congratulate the students who have taken up the courses,” he said.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.