The Federal Government’s Trade Training Centres in Schools program will spend $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary students to access vocational education through Trade Training Centres. A component of the Government’s BER program announced in 2009, the aim is to increase the proportion of students achieving Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and help address skill shortages in traditional trades and emerging industries. Schools can apply for funding to build new facilities or upgrade existing trade or vocational education and training facilities. St George College secured funding under the scheme to develop a Hospitality industry training centre at its Mile End campus. The design challenged the Tectvs team to create a new built identity for the school that would complement the existing structures on site.
Tectvs is master-planner and architect for St George College and has designed a number of new facilities, including an e-learning centre, visual arts centre and library. Its intimate knowledge of the workings of the school enabled it to deliver the training centre while preserving valuable ground-level campus space. The centre is an extrapolation of a full-blown commercial kitchen that enables demonstration and instruction for 16 students at a time.
In raising the structure off-ground, Tectvs allowed the school to maintain the level of play area in an already restricted site, and at the same time contribute to the built identity of the Hospitality Trade Training centre. The project, fast-tracked to a tight budget, integrated another learning module with the master plan.