Trade Skills Centres in Schools: Program Summary

The Trades Skills Centres in Schools (TSC) program, formerly Trade Training Centres, is a part of the Australian Government’s Education Revolution. The program commenced in 2008 to enable secondary schools to apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million for Trades Skills Centres.

The Program allows secondary students from years 9 to 12 to access vocational education and training through TSCs to give them a broader range of options so as to improve Year 12 retention rates and enhance pathways into vocational careers. TSCs are also helping to address national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries.

Through the Program, the Australian Government aims to help:


  • Support the achievement of a national Year 12 or equivalent attainment rate;


  • Address skills shortages in traditional trades and other eligible occupations by
      Improving student access to trade training facilities that meet industry standards
      Improving the quality of schooling offered to secondary students undertaking trade related pathways
      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.



For further information on the Trades Skills Centres program, visit http://education.gov.au/trade-training-centres-schools-program

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