Senior Pathways &
VET programs for Secondary Students

Updated June 2017

Trade Schools

The $18 million Trade School initiative was announced in May 2006 and in March 2007 the NSW Government
announced the Learn or Earn policy. This policy included an additional $14.7 million for capital works for an
additional 15 Trade schools bringing the total number of Trade Schools to 26. Implementation is to be from
financial years 2006-2007 through to 2011-2012.

Trade School Reporting

All Trade Schools are required to report enrolment and activity figures for each school semester.
The next reporting period is due 14 September 2011. Click here to view the reporting system.

More Trade School information is available from the menu on the left

Trade Training Centres

The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program is a 10 year (2008 to 2017), $2.5 billion Commonwealth Government initiative for secondary schools across Australia.

Each school can apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million to assist in improving access to, and the quality and relevance of, trade training. Schools are also able to join together to ‘aggregate’ their bids, or build a centre on another site.

Funding is provided through an annual national application process to build or upgrade trade workshops or technical facilities and also fund the purchase or replacement of equipment. Recurrent funding is not provided as part of the program.

For more information refer to the NSW DET TTC Website at

Trade Training Centres Reporting

All schools with an operational trade training centre are to provide a report to the Commonwealth (DEEWR) each March detailing both usage and part or full qualification completions.