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Trade Training Centre
The Trade Training Centre is an initiative between St Edward’s College and St Joseph’s College. Established through the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Centre provides senior students with an opportunity to have a broader range of vocational options while still at school.

The Construction and Engineering Fabrication Complex was constructed in 2010 using Federal Government funding and includes industry standard workshops and air-conditioned lecture rooms.

The aim of the Centre is to offer Year 10, 11 and 12 students from both schools the opportunity to combine their HSC studies with paid employment, while completing a school based apprenticeship or traineeship.

The Trade Training Centre will offer career pathway training in Construction (Carpentry), Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) and Metals and Engineering (Metal Trade and Fabrication). Youth Connections will provide the industry link and will support and mentor the students through their industry specific training as they complete their apprenticeship or traineeship.

A suitable pathway of study will be negotiated and the students will complete a typical week consisting of four days at school and one day with their employer. Students will also complete a block of paid work placement at the end of each term.

Commercial Cookery

Students undertaking the commercial cookery pathway will have access to a full commercial kitchen located at St Joseph’s Catholic College, our partner school in the Trade Training Centre. Students will be trained using industrial standard equipment and resources. These include:

  • Deep fryers
  • Salamanders
  • Bain-Marie
  • Both gas and electric ovens and cook tops
  • Commercial slicing machines
  • Commercial dishwashers
  • Stainless steel work benches


Construction Pathway

Construction students will work in the traditional workshop environment using standard woodworking hand tools including:

  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Wood lathes
  • Routers
  • Compound slide saws
  • Band saws
  • Biscuit joiners
  • Belt/orbital sanders

Students will also work in the Construction Compound, at the far end of St Edward’s College, which is fenced to simulate a worksite area. This simulated worksite has power, water and is safety sign posted and includes:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Shovels
  • Dumpy levels
  • Drop-saw
  • Concrete mixer
  • Plastering tools
  • Various carpentry tools and equipment.

There is also consumable stock stored in the compound including:

  • Timber
  • Bricks
  • Gyprock sheets
  • Bearers
  • Joists
  • Flooring
  • Wall frames
  • Wall cladding
  • Roof trusses

Engineering Fabrication Pathway

Students working in the metals and engineering area will be exposed to a state-of-the art workshop facility containing some of the most up-to-date equipment used in a modern engineering practice. The welding bays are designed to meet current industry standards for safety and OH&S and the workshop is equipped with sound absorbing ceiling material and an industrial exhaust extraction system. The equipment available in the workshop is as follows:

  • 3 Lathes
  • 2 Mills
  • 2 Pedestal drills
  • Electric guillotine
  • Pan brake
  • Cut off saw
  • 4 Welding bays
  • Cutting bay
  • Hand tools
  • Electric and battery drills
  • Spot welder
  • Angle grinders
  • Nibbler
  • 4 Mig welders
  • 4 Inverter welders,
  • Piped oxy-acetylene and argon
  • Plasma cutter

The theory component of the Construction and Engineering Fabrication is carried out in an air conditioned classroom with networked computers, A3 laser printer, drawing tables and chairs, drawing boards and digital projector and sound system.