Five new technical colleges to be built in SA

Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Five new technical colleges to be built in SA

The first of five new technical colleges slated for South Australia will be built at Findon High School, with construction set to start later this year.

The sites of the technical colleges were chosen to ensure they service the greatest need and demand. The other two metropolitan technical colleges will be located at the Heights School in the north-east and at the site of Tonsley TAFE.

This is in addition to two regional technical colleges, which will be in Port Augusta and Mt Gambier. All five colleges will be operational by 2026.

The brand-new buildings will have the latest equipment and state-of-the-art technology and will be run in conjunction with the nearby high schools to make sure their students complete their SACE as well as getting vocational qualifications.

They will, crucially, set up young people for the rest of their lives by making sure they are learning the modern skills needed for the future and getting their high school certificate.

The investment is $208 million to build the five new colleges.

“These technical colleges are all about ensuring young people can choose to pursue the career they want, while also ensuring businesses are getting access to the skills they need,” said Premier Peter Malinauskas.

“Every young person has a right to expect they will complete school and will be ready to become self-sufficient adults, equipped with skills for further study and employment.

“We can bring the practical outcomes of trade schools together with the new technologies that are now part of every workplace, and make sure that young people graduate from school, so they have the power to make choices for their future.”

“Technical colleges provide a great foundation for industry to engage with students, provide early hands-on exposure to new industrial technologies, and support career connections,” said Georgette Elston, Head of Resourcing and Early Careers, BAE Systems.

“Building a strong vocational pipeline into BAE Systems Australia is a key priority as we prepare to build the nation’s most complex warships and service other manufacturing and electronics projects from South Australia.”

Image credit: © Yakobchuk

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