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Findon Technical College officially opens their doors

Findon Technical College officially opened its doors today, marking the beginning of a new era in technical education and skill development.

Findon Technical College, the first of the five technical colleges officially opened its doors today, marking the beginning of a new era in technical education and skill development.

The college aims to bridge the gap between education and industry by collaborating with key partners, including industry giants like BAE Systems and Liebherr.

One of the college’s primary goals is to prepare students from years 10 to 12 for careers in some of South Australia’s fastest-growing industries, such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, early childhood and education, and health and social support. The state-of-the-art facilities at Findon Technical College are geared towards hands-on, project-based learning, mirroring the demands and expectations of the job market.

“I am proud to see this State Government vision for the future come to fruition,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“Today we see the delivery of a promise that will ensure that our young people have the opportunity to learn in cutting-edge facilities, get the practical education and support they need and graduate workforce ready into jobs.

“Not every student wants to go to university. The students starting today at Findon Technical College will graduate straight into fulfilling, well paid jobs with quality employers in parts of our economy that we know are growing strongly.”

Among the technological marvels at the college is Pepper, a robot designed to assist and collaborate with students, creating a dynamic learning environment. Additionally, an industrial collaborative robot (COBOT) and a welding workshop provide students with essential skills for advanced manufacturing and engineering. Specialized acoustic padded pods cater to audio enthusiasts, while a large LED videowall offers immersive experiences.

Findon Technical College operates under the capable leadership of Findon High School Principal Kathleen Hoare, supported on-site by Luke Northcote and a team of 19 specialist staff. Key registered training organizations, including TAFE SA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, also play pivotal roles in the college’s operations.

With more than 230 students enrolling for the 2024 academic year, these students will receive the best possible training and education at Findon Technical College. Whether attending full-time or on a part-time basis while completing general SACE subjects at their home schools, these students are on the path to realising their career aspirations.

Findon Technical College’s approach is not just about classroom learning; it’s about preparing students for the real world. For example, Year 11 students will have dedicated time for work placements and individual coaching sessions, ensuring they are well-prepared for the job market upon graduation.

“The important role this educational facility will play in the future of the state began months ago, with 72 apprentices among the construction team who spent 128,215.45 hours on site working on the project,” Minister for Education, Training and Skills Blair Boyers said.

“This is the first time a technical college has been built by a South Australian Government in more than 50 years.

“It is exciting to see the first of these technical colleges open its doors, and I have high hopes for the future of this group of students as they take up this innovative educational opportunity.”

The support of employer partners like BAE Systems Australia, Liebherr, Axiom Precision Manufacturing, Helping Hand Aged Care, Southern Cross Care, Goodstart Early Learning, and Precious Cargo is instrumental in the success of Findon Technical College. These companies have made a commitment to nurturing talent and providing opportunities for students to gain practical experience in their respective industries.

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