The Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) began in 2011 through a partnership between four state schools - Beerwah, Caloundra, Kawana Waters and Meridan.
The leaders of the schools recognised there was demand for future tradespeople on the Sunshine Coast to meet industry needs.
More than 400 local employers have hosted SCTTTC students for structured workplace learning, resulting in solid employment outcomes for young graduates.
The focus of the training program is to prepare students for industry. Trainers act as supervisors and mentors, having employed apprentices themselves, while the centre itself is treated as a workplace. All staff at the centre model behaviours expected in industry, mentoring and coaching students on business skills needed to succeed.
In its first year, SCTTTC had 30 students enrolled in four partner schools. Its reputation has grown immensely and in 2020 there were 226 students enrolled from schools across the Sunshine Coast.