Springfield earmarked as technical college site



SPRINGFIELD is in the running for Australian Technical College (ATC) funding currently on offer from the Federal Government.

Pleas from Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll and a consortium of lobbyists, including The Bremer Institute of TAFE and Springfield Land Corporation, paid off when the Federal Minister for Vocational and Further Education Andrew Robb announced this month that the college would become a reality in the "south of Brisbane".

"The sensible place to put it would be Springfield," Mr Ripoll said.

"This is the highest area of need. How could you possibly ignore it? We'll need to have money come out here for training.

"Bremer TAFE would actually be the driving force and the principal behind it."

A spokesman for Mr Robb said a site had not yet been selected.

"Expressions of interest went out a couple of weeks ago. They close by June 29," he said.

"The department will pick a suitable consortium to run the college, then they'll look for a suitable site.

"It's going to be in the western corridor, from Brisbane out to Ipswich."

Twenty-eight ATCs have been funded across the nation, with 20 said to be "open for business".

"The colleges, by having local business people on their governing boards, allow students to study courses highly relevant to local industry needs, to experience a real work environment and to earn while they learn," Mr Robb said.

Locations selected have unmet skill needs, a high youth population and a strong industry base to support successful colleges.

The colleges are specialist senior secondary schools at year 11 and year 12 level where students start a school-based apprenticeship while completing their year 12 certificate.

Completion date for the western corridor ATC is 2009.



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