St Pat’s part of defence jobs focus
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.