Trade Training Centre


The Mildura Region Trade Training Centre was established to help increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or its equivalent and to enhance pathways to further education and training. An important step to achieving this goal is to ensure students have access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities to engage and encourage them to continue their studies.

The Centres were built after receiving Commonwealth Government Funding. Eleven schools are members of the MRTTC Cluster. These schools include: Chaffey Secondary College, Coomealla High School (NSW), Henderson College, Irymple Secondary College, Merbein P-10 Mildura Senior College, Mildura Specialist School, Red Cliffs Secondary College, St Joseph’s College, Trinity Lutheran College, Werrimull P-12.

Students from these cluster schools have access to programs and facilities at the MRTTC. There are two main hubs, the Riverside Trade Training Centre located at St Joseph’s College Mercy campus and the Deakin Trade Training Centre located at Mildura Senior College. Both sites provide students with state of the art facilities and equipment. The VET courses provide skills in both traditional trades and emerging industries.

Benefits of VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS)

VET Delivered to Secondary Students is a great opportunity for students to explore a career option you may be considering. It also provides credit towards VCE and VCAL, and may contribute to students ATAR score either through scored assessment or a 10% increment.

Students successfully completing a VET in Schools program will be eligible for a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment or Certificate qualification in their specific industry area of study as well as developing a range of skills and knowledge that will make them more ‘job-ready’.

Programs delivered by the Trade Training Centre may provide credit into apprenticeships or traineeships. In some instances the programs may reduce the amount of off the job training required or the duration of the apprenticeship item self.

How Does it Work

A VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program runs over one or two years. Most students will start their program in Years 10 or 11. Younger students in Year 8 and 9, may have the opportunity to participate in Taster Programs to assist them with their subject selections in later years. Students will attend either the Riverside Trade Training Centre or Deakin Trade Training Centre on their scheduled program day each week, though out the school term from February to November. Some programs may also require attendance after school hours.

The Program aims to address the national skills shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries by improving facilitates at school and enhancing pathways to further education and training.

Programs Offered at the Deakin Trade Trainning Centre

Automotive, Building & Construction, Engineering, Furniture Making, Hospitality, Kitchen Operations & Integrated Technology.