Premier David Bartlett told that the rural, regional and disadvantaged communities across the State is to benefit from an increased presence of the Tasmanian Polytechnic and Academy through a $16.35 million boost to rural education. According to him, the funding will make sure that the new Trade Training Centres will be able to bring skills training out of city centres and into regional areas for the benefit of both school students and adult learners.
He added that the State Government is to provide a further $6.9 million to the Academy and Polytechnic over the next six years, starting from 2010. This is to ensure that enrollment of regional students and students from disadvantaged areas takes place and that all these students complete the educational and training programs. This funding he explained would support young people to continue with education and training in their local communities.