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New Heights Technical College set for Adelaide’s north with aero focus

Adelaide’s new Heights Technical College which is set to open in 2026 has announced it will have an aero skills specialisation.

Students at the Heights Technical College, which is set to open in 2026, are set to have an exciting specialisation: aero skills. This announcement marks a significant milestone for the upcoming technical college, as it unveils pathways tailored to meet the demands of the aero industry.

Aero skills will be the inaugural specialisation, strategically positioned to equip students with the expertise required for a career in the defence sector. This specialised curriculum will empower graduates with the knowledge and proficiency to uphold aircraft maintenance standards, ensuring the safety and reliability of airborne vehicles.

In South Australia, the aero skills sector holds pivotal significance, particularly within the robust defence industry. However, access to vocational pathways leading to entry-level positions has been notably limited within the state. The establishment of the technical college aims to rectify this gap, providing a dedicated platform for aspiring individuals to pursue a career in aero.

“Defence projects such as AUKUS and the Hunter-Class Frigates will create a generation of work for South Australians and tens of billions of dollars for SA’s economy,” Minister for Defence and Space Industries, Stephen Mullighan, says.

“Just this week we’ve seen a new $140m commitment to upgrade the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft at Boeing Defence Australia, right here in South Australia, creating 50 new jobs in this high-skill, high-wage industry.

“We want students to know they can start their journey to a career in defence while still at school, getting qualifications that will get them a job when they finish their SACE.

“It’s about investing in our future.”

The curriculum will encompass an entry-level pathway commencing with the Certificate II in Aero skills, laying the foundation for prospective apprenticeships post-schooling. This initiative is poised to bolster South Australia’s aero skills sector, bolstering support for both defence and civil aviation enterprises.

Scheduled to commence operations in 2026, The Heights Technical College, nestled in Adelaide’s northeast, will cater to students in years 10 to 12. It offers a unique blend of South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) completion alongside vocational education and training. State-of-the-art facilities, meticulously designed in collaboration with industry experts, will provide students with an immersive learning experience.

Through rigorous analysis of industry demands and extensive stakeholder engagement, the technical college has identified four key specializations, including aero skills:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Early Childhood and Education

The Heights Technical College represents a pivotal component of the Government’s initiative to enhance educational infrastructure in South Australia. With a total investment of $208.8 million, the government is steadfast in its commitment to equipping students with the requisite skills for burgeoning industries, notably the defence sector.

These colleges are purposefully crafted to mirror the contemporary workplace environment, furnished with cutting-edge tools, equipment, and training aids. The intent is to cultivate an ecosystem conducive to experiential learning, preparing students to seamlessly transition into the workforce upon graduation.

“The specialisations are selected for each technical college after extensive consultation to identify areas of need and will prepare students for the jobs available now and into the future,” Minister for Workforce and Population Strategy, Susan Close, says.

“The focus on new technologies and future industries is key to supporting the growth of South Australia’s economy.”

For more information about Heights Technical Collage, head here.

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