Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education tours Loyola!

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Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre in Mount Druitt was top of the list for a visit from new Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Hon Dr Geoff Lee MP. Minster Lee was taken on a tour of the Trade Training Centre facilities and got a special insight into future plans for this exciting learning community. From 2020, Loyola will become part of CathWest Innovation College*. With locations in Emu Plains and Mount Druitt, CathWest will offer exciting new options for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Minister Lee was very interested to learn about all the different traineeships on offer for senior students and was very complimentary about the fact that students could continue their studies while also gaining valuable work experience at the same time.

Offering innovative pathways for students alongside the current trades training pathway, CathWest Innovation College will build on this strong focus on developing skills for success supported by professional mentoring, exciting industry partnerships, work placements and recognised qualifications.

Joined by Principal Cathy Larkin, McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre Assistant Principal John Wills, Loyola Catholic Trade Training Centre Director Samantha Boreham and Registered Training Organisation manager Karen Ruppert, Minister Lee took particular interest in having a look at the shopfitting, carpentry, automotive, hairdressing and childcare learning facilities.

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Mr Wills explained to Minister Lee how the school-based apprenticeship program works.

“Formal training contributes to a minimum of 4 units credit towards a student’s HSC. Students must complete a minimum number of days of paid work throughout the course, which varies per trade, in order to proceed to the second year of an apprenticeship,’’ Mr Wills said.

Minister Lee said he was very impressed by the school moving away from rigid traditional approaches to teaching and learning and offering students the chance to choose what pathway they want to go on.

One such student is workshop fitter Mathew Keeghan who said he “loves’’ going to work at Hanson Carpentry and coming to Loyola.


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Minister Lee capped off his visit at the school by offering students some advice. “You have to take every opportunity you get and work hard at it. Never stop learning!’’ he said.



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From 2020, Loyola will become part of CathWest Innovation College*. With locations in Emu Plains and Mount Druitt, CathWest will offer exciting new options for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

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