Trade Training Centres

$2.8 billion program to give students a broader range of options to help improve Year 12 attainment and enhance pathways into vocational careers.

  Trade Training Centres


The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program will allow secondary students from years 9 to 12 to access vocational education and training through Trade Training Centres to give students a broader range of options to help improve Year 12 attainment and enhance pathways into vocational careers. Round Five of the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program has been officially opened by Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett on November 30 2012.

 With the commencement of Round Four in 2011, changes have been made to the funding approval process and administration of the Program to provide a more strategic approach to the rollout of future Trade Training Centres. Individual Project Proposals (previously known as applications) must now form part of a Sectoral Plan prepared by each Education Authority for approval by the Minister of School Education, Early Childhood and Youth (the Minister).



Through the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program, the Australian Government aims to help:

  • support the achievement of a national Year 12 or equivalent attainment rate of 90 per cent by 2015;
  • address skills shortages in traditional trades and other eligible occupations by
    1. improving student access to trade training facilities that meet industry standards
    2. improving the quality of schooling offered to secondary students undertaking trade related pathways
    3. assisting young people to make a successful transition from school to work or further education or training, and
  • support COAG’s ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative to halve the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other students in Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates by 2020.

The Trade Training Centres Program supports the implementation of the National Trade Cadetship initiative introduced in 2012. Through the National Trade Cadetships, the Australian Government aims to ensure that students at school who want to pursue a career in the trades have a clearly defined pathway, equal in quality, value and rigour to more traditional academic pursuits. The National Trade Cadetships will be an option for students in Years 9–12 under the National Curriculum and will be delivered through Trade Training Centres and other accredited training providers.



There is no minimum amount of funding that an Education Authority can seek for an Individual Project Proposal in their Sectoral Plan. Although the maximum funding per eligible school is $1,500,000, there is no general school entitlement to this amount.

For Round Five of the Trade Training Centres Program, the funds can only be used for certain purposes relating to the establishment of a new Trade Training Centres or upgrade of existing facilities.  Funds can be used for:

  • Major capital works – defined as construction of a new facility or a major refurbishment of existing facilities of at least$1 million. In exceptional circumstances, and on demonstration of value for money, DEEWR may also consider funding the purchase of land or a building to establish a Trade Training Centres;
  • Minor capital works – defined as construction of a new facility or minor upgrade or refurbishment of existing facilities of less than $1 million;
  • Equipment directly related to the qualifications to be delivered through the Trade Training Centres. Equipment  must meet industry requirements for qualification delivery. Funding does not cover recurrent costs for ongoing maintenance or replacement of equipment;
  • Mobile training facilities;
  • Trade training facilities that contains a multi-purpose room for temporary teacher accommodation to support a block training delivery model. Funding can only be used for this purpose for schools in ASGC 3 or 4 locations;
  • Enhancement of existing infrastructure combined with other funding sources, including contributions from other Australian Government capital grants programs, state and territory grants, school communities, industry, RTOs or employers;
  • Reasonable costs associated with project management (which must not exceed 15 per cent of the capital works cost), contingency (which must not exceed 10 per cent of capital works and equipment costs) and recognition.


Eligible Projects

Under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program only Individual Project Proposals that will deliver Certificate III (AQF Level 3) or direct pathway training qualifications leading to Certificate III (AQF Level 3) will be considered for funding. Direct pathway training qualifications include:

  • Certificate I and II qualifications; and
  • pre-vocational programs, VET ‘taster’ programs that help students make informed choices about their trade occupations or accredited VET programs with structured workplace learning placements. NOTE: DEEWR will not consider projects for funding that propose to offer only/or predominantly pre-vocational and taster courses. These courses must be offered in conjunction with other Certificate level courses eligible for Trade Training Centres Program funding.

Eligible qualifications for Trade Training Centres Program funding are:

  • Traditional Trades: These are Certificate III (AQF Level 3) or direct pathway qualifications required for occupations on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) and
  • Agriculture (Australia wide) and Horticulture (in rural and regional Australia only) occupations.
  • Occupations in Local Demand (OLD): In addition to the range of eligible traditional trade Certificate III (AQF Level 3) or direct pathway qualifications noted above, Education Authorities, in conjunction with schools in their sector, may put forward a strong case for DEEWR to consider whether to approve qualifications for funding in occupations experiencing local or regional skill shortages or emerging demand (OLD category). These qualifications include an investment in either infrastructure or equipment of a specialist nature, similar to that required for traditional trade qualifications.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relationswill not approve funding for qualifications that do not require a significant capital investment for building infrastructure and/or equipment, such as Business and Administration, Retail, Performing Arts, Property Services, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications.


Eligible Applicants

A school is eligible for funding under the Program, and hence may be included in an Individual Project Proposal within an Education Authority’s Sectoral Plan if:

  • the school enrols students at year 9 level or higher; and
  • the school attracts Commonwealth funding under either
    1. the National Education Agreement (if it is a government school) or
    2. Part 4 of the Schools Assistance Act 2008 (if it is a non-government school).

A school that satisfies the above requirements and is a registered RTO is also eligible for funding under the Program.


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