St Pat’s part of de­fence jobs fo­cus

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ST Pa­trick’s Tech­ni­cal Col­lege North­ern Ade­laide is part of a $5.7 mil­lion pro­gram to pre­pare young South Aus­tralians for jobs in the de­fence in­dus­try.

It has been se­lected as a fo­cus cur­ricu­lum school within the South Aus­tralian Ad­vanced Tech­nol­ogy In­dus­try School Path­ways pro­gram, join­ing three lead schools and 15 part­ner schools across Ade­laide in de­liv­er­ing de­fence-ori­ented train­ing.

One of the pro­gram’s aims will be to get 1000 more se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents study­ing maths and science. The pro­gram is part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $10.9 mil­lion Na­tional Part­ner­ship Agree­ment to pre­pare young peo­ple for work in the de­fence in­dus­try.

The three lead schools will de­velop spe­cialised cur­ricu­lum for Year 6 to 12 stu­dents in maths, science and tech­nol­ogy and will have a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on in­dus­try vo­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum, higher ed­u­ca­tion path­ways and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment for stu­dents.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment wants the ini­tia­tive to ad­dress skill short­ages within the Aus­tralian de­fence in­dus­try by in- creas­ing the pool of suit­ably qual­i­fied peo­ple from which de­fence in­dus­try can re­cruit.

The State Gov­ern­ment be­lieves the pro­gram pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to be placed into school-based ap­pren­tice­ships, cadet­ships and in­tern­ships within the in­dus­try.

It will de­velop a path from school into study at TAFE and univer­sity or into em­ploy­ment.

It builds on the State Gov­ern­ment’s 10 trade schools for the fu­ture ini­tia­tive, which helps stu­dents take high-level ap­pren­tice­ships along­side South Aus­tralian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion stud­ies.

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