Creating a job-ready generation Fri 31 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Download hi-res version A training centre for young Tasmanians living in low-income communities has been given a major overhaul thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund Grant and the generous support of businesses and suppliers. The Premier, Lara Giddings, today opened the refurbished Training Opportunities & Options for Learning (TOOL) shed at Cambridge. Ms Giddings said the facility had been providing young Tasmanians with access to a range of practical training programs since 2008. "I am convinced that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to education," Ms Giddings said. "We are committed to ensuring that young Tasmanians are given access to quality education and training which is tailored to meet their individual and unique needs. "TOOL is a fantastic community initiative that provides young people who are at risk of disengaging from learning with an alternative to mainstream schooling. "Along with providing real-life training programs, TOOL offers literacy programs and youth worker support." Ms Giddings said the transformation of the TOOL shed was made possible by a Tasmanian Community Fund grant of $173,500. Businesses that provided generous support include: - Hazell Bros - Kevin Clark Excavators - Caroma Dorf- Laminex - Viridian Glass - Stanley Dewalt "Special credit should also go to TOOL participants who actually helped transform this former warehouse into a fully functional training facility which includes offices, training rooms, workshops and an art space. "By providing flexible learning options and partnering with the community we are ensuring that the next generation of Tasmanians are skilled and job-ready."