Students at Adelaide’s Temple Christian College can now hone their skills at a state-of-the-art advanced woodworking centre with high-tech tools and equipment.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, said the new facilities at the Mile End campus were funded with a $256,000 Australian Government grant.

“It was great to visit Temple Christian College to see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have for students,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Students now have access to modern facilities, the newest models of equipment, air-conditioning, heating and dust extraction machinery.

“As well as learning about woodworking, which can help spark an interest in pursuing trades, students will develop skills in creativity, problem-solving and working cooperatively from using the centre.

“These are all skills that will help a student in any field, particularly the new jobs that are created with new technology.”

The Turnbull Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.6 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories.

Nationally that represents funding growth funding from a record $16 billion this year to $20.1 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focusing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school,

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

Minister Birmingham is responsible for the Capital Grants Programme, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.