Construction underway for multi-million dollar Tonsley Technical College

The Tonsley Technical College is currently under construction, with the college scheduled to open their doors to students in 2026.

Construction is underway at Tonsley Technical College, with activities like concrete pouring in progress. Sarah Constructions is managing the project within the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, which will house one of two metropolitan Adelaide colleges. Both Tonsley Technical College and The Heights Technical College are set to welcome students by 2026.

Enrolments for South Australia’s five new Technical Colleges are now open for the years 2025 and 2026, allowing students and families to plan ahead for their career paths. Meanwhile, Flinders University’s Factory of the Future is also making strides, aiming to establish a world-class advanced manufacturing facility. This initiative seeks to merge industry, education, and research to enhance capabilities in sectors such as defense and digital technologies.

The collaboration between the Federal and State Governments and private industry is driving the construction of Flinders’ Factory of the Future adjacent to Tonsley Technical College, with the aim of seizing opportunities in the defense sector and strengthening the local manufacturing industry.

“I’m excited to see this project get underway in such a central, industry-focused location. Families and potential students will have the opportunity to visit the Tonsley Technical College and see the future opportunities with their own eyes,” Minister for Education, Training and Skills Blair Boyer said.

“I know that everyone who has seen Findon Technical College has been impressed with the design, style and capability-building that is available for students, and I think there will be an even greater level of community enthusiasm about Tonsley, given our collaboration with Flinders University.

“These technical colleges represent a new style of learning that connects our young people directly with employers and provides them with an exciting, hands-on pathway to their career future.”

With a commitment of $208 million from the State Government, five technical colleges are scheduled to open by 2026, including three in metropolitan Adelaide, one in Port Augusta, and one in Mount Gambier. Findon Technical College’s opening provides families with a glimpse into modern technical education.

These technical colleges boast partnerships with some of South Australia’s leading employers, ensuring students receive education tailored to fast-track them into secure, well-paying careers.

The construction of Tonsley Technical College, set to partner with the nearby Australian Science and Mathematics School, is progressing, albeit delayed by the unexpected discovery of concrete under the site. Sustainable construction practices, including the use of timber from the NeXTimber pine mass timber facility at Timberlink, aim to reduce the project’s carbon footprint.

Employer partnerships, such as the one with Australian submarine company ASC, are crucial for Tonsley Technical College, providing pathways for students into defence industries. ASC’s sizeable workforce and ongoing demand for skilled workers align well with the college’s focus on advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“It’s exciting to see the construction of our world-class Factory of the Future underway, placing South Australia at the cutting edge of industry-linked research and education,” Vice Chancellor of Flinders University Professor Colin Stirling said.

“Embedding the Tonsley Technical College with Flinders’ Factory of the Future means students will be at the heart of an innovative tech ecosystem, seeing firsthand how their future careers can unfold. 

“Combining knowledge and experience is crucial for tackling today’s challenges. The Factory of the Future exemplifies this collaboration.”

Furthermore, partnerships with key training organisations like the Motor Trade Association (MTA) and the Master Builders Association (MBA) ensure employment opportunities and apprenticeships across South Australia.

Tonsley Technical College will specialize in industries such as defense, building and construction, and sustainable technologies, offering pathways in advanced manufacturing and engineering, automotive and energy, and building and construction.

Flinders University’s Factory of the Future receives support from both the Australian and South Australian Governments, aiming to innovate in advanced manufacturing with a focus on sustainable practices.

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