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Vocational school celebrates success

Vocational school celebrates success
Published 21 March 2017
There was more than one reason to celebrate St Patrick’s last week.

There was more than one reason to celebrate St Patrick’s last week.^^ Students enjoy the green-inspired theme for St Patrick’s Day festivities at St Patrick’s Technical College last week. Photo: Supplied The patron saint inspired faith and courage and those values are being represented in the specialist technical college of the same name in Edinburgh North.

St Patrick’s Technical College celebrated its 10th anniversary on St Patrick’s Day and hundreds of staff, students and dignitaries were there for the occasion.

The multi-million dollar campus, affectionately called ‘St Pat’s’, provides year 11 and 12 students a trade-focused SACE curriculum and also pre-apprenticeships.

Subjects such as maths, science and English are taught in a way that makes them relevant to several programs on offer - such as plumbing, building, engineering, hairdressing and hospitality.

Graduates get jobsSince its inception, College principal Rob Thomas said the school has made a significant social and economic impact on its students and the broader northern Adelaide and South Australian communities. Mr Thomas cited a report that indicated that local employers had invested $114.8 million in apprenticeships by employing St Patrick’s graduates.

“These amazing results directly stem from a belief in our young people and an understanding that one education model does not suit all students,’’ Mr Thomas said.

Equally impressive are the statistics involving the college’s past students’ achievements, according to Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty (pictured above). “Ninety-nine per cent of them are currently employed and 98 per cent of those are employed in South Australia. I doubt there is a school or college anywhere else in the state that could demonstrate such success in making its graduates employment ready,” Mayor Docherty said.

Another key to the school’s success is its strong ties withgovernment, industry, not-for-profits and other education bodies. As a result, many of the students who live locally find work locally in key growth industries such as construction, infrastructure and defence.

St Pat’s is also the only South Australian education provider selected for the Australian Government’s P-TECH program.

This program is designed to fill the skills gap felt by industry at a secondary skills level but by teaching students ways to think innovatively.

Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson said he was grateful to all the people who had contributed to the college’s success.

“(They) make it such a wonderful environment for the young people in our midst to think about what they want to do with their lives and to provide opportunities and skills that allow them to achieve their aims,” Archbishop Wilson said.

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