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The state government is committed to establishing a new technical college in the western suburbs of Adelaide to make sure young people seeking a trade related career can begin their trade pathway in a number of high demand areas.
The new college will support young South Australians to develop high level trade, STEM and entrepreneurial skills so they are well equipped for careers in defence, shipbuilding and other maritime industries.
Industry consultation in these trade areas has provided a strong indication that businesses are seeking young people who have the necessary entry level qualifications and are ‘work ready’.
These trade skills are a key ingredient in meeting the workforce needs of the defence industry and the growing use of technology and trade diversity in the workplace.
The South Australian Training and Skills Commission (TASC) predict that by 2025 1 in every 7 workers in SA will be in a STEM related job.
The new college will be heavily engaged with defence, shipbuilding and other maritime industries to maximise benefits for students and the industry.
An indicative focus for the courses offered at the new technical college includes:
- Engineering (Mechanical and Fabrication)
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Electro-technology (Electrical, Data Communications and A/C Refrigeration)
- ICT incorporating Programming/Coding, Cyber Security and Virtual Reality
- Automotive (Heavy and Light vehicle, Auto-electrical)
The state government will soon be calling for expressions of interest from education sites and trade industries to take the lead in establishing a new technical college in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
Location will be a key consideration. It is anticipated that the new college will be:
- set to be around the western suburbs
- near a diverse range of business and industry sites
- close to public transport.
Options for the new college may include:
- use of an existing school
- development of a new college site
- use a non-school site.
Opportunities to develop a unique, inclusive and sustainable gender strategy to attract young women to a range of non-traditional trades will be highly encouraged.
Program and Policy Manager
Email: education.secondarylearners [at] sa.gov.au