Monthly Archives: October 2018

200th Construction Apprentice celebrated with Skills Minister

St Patrick’s Technical College this week celebrated its 200th apprenticeship commencement in the Building and Construction industry.

Year 11 Construction student Lainie Thomson this week signed an apprenticeship with Career Employment Group for a Certificate III in Carpentry and will be hosted by a local builder.

StPatsTech shared the celebration this morning with South Australian Minister for Industry and Skills, the Honourable David Pisoni, who visited the Edinburgh North College to meet Principal Danny Deptula and Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) leaders.

“Lainie’s signing recently means we are edging closer to our 900th apprenticeship or traineeship commencement,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“I was very pleased to share the news that the last two Construction apprenticeships gained by our students were secured by young women and congratulate both students on taking the first big step on their career path.”

During his visit to the College, Mr Pisoni met with students and staff and toured the $15 million purpose-built facility.

In the past year the College has signed 86 Year 11 and 12 students onto an apprenticeship or traineeship. Over the next 12 months the College forecasts at least 80 more apprenticeship or traineeship commencements and is on track to sign South Australia’s first digital trainee.

During the visit, Minister Pisoni was able to meet students undertaking the College’s inaugural Information Technology program and see some of their work including the College’s VEX Robotics program.

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“We are really ahead of the game with our Information Technology course at StPatsTech. Digital traineeships are the way of the future for industry to ensure a good supply of information systems workers and Vocational Education and Training will play a major role in this emerging workforce,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“Our Year 11 class are not just doing a general information technology course, they are studying a Certificate IV in Programming to industry standards and learning all the core computer skills and languages which industry say are a requirement for employment in the digital space. It is very exciting for the students’ career outcomes but also for the wider South Australian workforce.’’

The meeting included Chairman of the SA Commission for Catholic Schools Professor Denis Ralph and CESA Assistant Director Monica Conway.

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Giving thanks

St Patrick’s Technical College celebrated its teaching and training staff today along with Member for Light, the Honourable Tony Piccolo MP.

Staff came together this afternoon to thank the College’s teachers and trainers for their commitment, care and guidance they show for our students.

College Principal Danny Deptula said StPatsTech was fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the country.

“We have wonderful educators and support staff here at StPatsTech who are committed to improving and changing the lives of students at the College,’’ Mr Deptula said.

Mr Piccolo signed more than 800 thank you certificates for teachers from schools that service the Light electorate in appreciation of their work.

Defence industry comes to the classroom

St Patrick’s Technical College P-TECH Australia partner PMB Defence stopped by the school today to help students learn more about lead-acid batteries.

The College’s Year 11 Electrotechnology class have been learning about lead-acid battery cells and how they charge and discharge. The class have been learning the theory aspects of batteries and voltage before heading to the workshop and making their own battery management systems.

StPatsTech STEM coordinator Brad Sheridan said PMB Defence’s mentoring and support gives students a much better understanding of how industry works.

“To have the engineers of the Collins-class Submarine batteries here in our classroom, sharing their knowledge and time with our young Electrotechnology students is invaluable,’’ Mr Sheridan said.

“We greatly appreciate PMB Defence’s contribution to our P-TECH Australia program, which directly connects industry and students through special projects and mentoring. Our students will return the visit soon, with a field trip to PMB Defence’s Osborne facility.’’

Mr Sheridan said establishing strong links directly with industry was a cornerstone of StPatsTech’s successful school-based apprenticeship and traineeship program.

“Today’s young person will use more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills through their working life than previous generations. So bringing industry into the classroom to demonstrate what skills and knowledge they value can help our students hone in on their career path.’’

StPatsTech also runs P-TECH Australia programs in Engineering and Information Technology.

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Pictured: Peter Branson, Project Engineer with PMB Defence, and Year 11 Electrotechnology student Kai, working through lead-acid battery theory.