Industrial Skills Centre

The Thomas O'Toole Foundation Industrial Skills Centre at Emmanuel College

Beneath the Auditorium of the Emmanuel Centre at Emmanuel College is the Thomas O’Toole Foundation Industrial Skills Centre. The facility replicates a real-life industry environment and contains-state- of-the art facilities for all technology and design study for students working with wood, metal, plastics and building industry skills.

Built with the help of the Thomas O’Toole Foundation and donors from the community, the Thomas O’Toole Industrial Skills Centre at Emmanuel College was officially opened in October 2017. 

This facility is an important component in sustaining Emmanuel’s high Year 12 retention rate and ensuring that all students have access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities that continue to engage them and encourage them to complete their studies. According to research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD), the most successful transitional pathways for students are those that provide both a high level of general education and an occupational qualification.  The Industrial Skills Centre will assist Emmanuel College to continue to make a valuable contribution in collaboration with industry and the local community, to equip young people with the skills and knowledge that support life‐long learning.  

The facility will not only benefit Emmanuel College students but secondary students from around the district. In 2018, working in partnership with South West TAFE, Emmanuel College will become the regional skill hub for delivery of VET in Schools Engineering studies.