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Troy Seyfang Workshop Training Manager CMV Trucks with Year 11 Automotive students Blair and Ryan.


Young people seeking apprenticeships need to stand out from the crowd by sharing their passions and practical skills, according to one employer.

Workshop Training Manager from CMV Trucks, Troy Seyfang, stopped by St Patrick’s Technical College recently to speak with Year 11 and 12 Automotive studies students.

CMV Trucks is in the processing of hiring apprentices to start in 2019 and Mr Seyfang said students need to ensure they stand out from the crowd by sharing with employers their hobbies, passions and aspirations.

“I want you (the students) to tell me why you are a good fit for my business,’’ Mr Seyfang said.

“Tell my about your passion, any work you do or other projects. I want to know you are a practical person, good with your hands, good with your mind and can think things through. I want to know that if I give you the job you will 110 per cent go for it and be a great apprentice for us.’’

Mr Seyfang said StPatsTech students often fared well in securing work because of the strong workshop and technical skills they learn at the College.

“StPatsTech does give students a step above other schools whose students may apply because of the mechanical and technical side of things here at the College.’’

Mr Seyfang also urged the students to work hard on their Maths and English as both subjects are vital to being a good mechanic.

Enrolments are now open for 2019 and 2020 at StPatsTech.

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Old Scholar named SA’s best Apprentice

St Patrick’s Technical College is this week celebrating the announcement that Old Scholar Jarrod Morton has been named South Australia’s Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 SA Training Awards.

Jarrod attended the College in 2013 and 2014 to study Applied Engineering (Electrotechnology). In June 2014, Jarrod secured a school-based apprenticeship through PEER with BW Thompson Electrical and recently completed his apprenticeship.

Jarrod received his award at a gala event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 7 September.

StPatsTech also saw two school-based apprentices, a teacher and industry program shortlisted as finalists for the awards.

College Principal Danny Deptula congratulated Jarrod and the College’s other finalists Santiago Bribiesca Diaz, Cain Gerrits, Ms Linda Burton and the Northern Adelaide P-TECH partnership on their nominations.

“The recognition of five finalists from StPatsTech is a clear indication that our unique approach to senior secondary education is hitting the right notes,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“Since 2007 we have seen nearly 900 young people commence an apprenticeship or traineeship while at the College. We are immensely proud of the College for its outstanding facilities, strong industry connections, knowledgeable teaching staff and consistent career outcomes for students. But even more, we are proud of the hundreds of young people, including Jarrod, who have taken control of their lives and careers by choosing to come to StPatsTech for Year 11 and 12.

“On behalf of the entire College community, I would like to congratulate Jarrod on being named Apprentice of the Year and wish him all the best for the National Training Awards in Sydney in November.’’

Jarrod joins StPatsTech Old Scholars Jack Donaldson (Class of 2011) who won SA Apprentice of the Year in 2016 and Alex Nikielski (Class of 2011) who won SA School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2011.

Jarrod’s mother Catherine said he had opted to join StPatsTech for Year 11 and 12 to get a more hands-on education. Jarrod Morton 2018

“Jarrod has always been very good at Maths and was considering going to university to do electrical engineering but he thought he would be better off doing the trade to understand how to be an electrician before doing the engineering degree,’’ Mrs Morton said.

“He came to that decision on his own as a teenager, which I think shows a lot of foresight.’’

Jarrod is considering starting his degree shortly.

“We are obviously really proud of Jarrod, his work ethic and his positive attitude. He has worked really hard so deserves this recognition,’’ Mrs Morton said.

She said StPatsTech as a great choice for Jarrod, and his brother Connor who also attended the school and is an apprentice carpenter, because of the opportunities it opened to them both.

DXC Technology have signed up to be part of the College's P-TECH Autralia program. Phuong Trinh, DXC Technology, with student Alex Wilton


#stpatstech #ptechaustralia #defencejobs

To meet the demands of Adelaide’s burgeoning Defence industry employers must be more hands-on in helping produce the next generation of workers, according to the global IT services company DXC Technology.

Today it was announced DXC Technology has joined with St Patrick’s Technical College in Northern Adelaide to help ensure there is a local supply of workers in the information technology and communication (ICT) industries for the future.

As part of the College’s P-TECH Australia program, DXC Technology will help mentor and guide students undertaking a TAFE SA Certificate IV in Information Technology studies at StPatsTech. This course is already supported by Saab Australia who have welcomed DXC Technology’s commitment to building the local workforce.

The course is the only one of its kind offered to Year 11 and 12 students and may lead directly to jobs in the defence sector post-Year 12.

DXC Technology Defence Capability Manager Stuart Swan said ICT would be in every part of the Defence industries and the opportunities were broad and far-reaching.

“There’s huge opportunities for today’s young people, especially in the senior secondary age group. They can really set themselves up for big careers in big organisations with the absolute mountain of opportunity in the Defence sector, let alone in the broader ICT sector in South Australia,’’ Mr Swan said.

“Here at DXC Technology we are looking at what skills we need for our business and what we can do to better support young people going into ICT careers. Vocational entry pathways, digital traineeships, apprenticeships and schools working closely with industry are all important initiatives.’’

Mr Swan said DXC Technology signed onto the St Patrick’s Technical College P-TECH Australia program because it offered the company an opportunity to directly engage with senior secondary students and was already working in the Defence sector.

StPatsTech Principal Danny Deptula welcomed DXC Technology to the College’s P-TECH Australia partnership. Already working with the school are defence contractors Century Engineering, PMB Defence and Saab Australia.

“DXC Technology is a fantastic addition to the P-TECH Australia team working with StPatsTech,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“The company has already taken on some of our students for work experience, so those connections and mentoring has begun for our current crop of Information Technology students.’’

Skilling Australia Foundation’s Northern Adelaide P-TECH Industry Liaison officer Toni Hartley said she was impressed with DXC Technology’s enthusiasm in supporting young workers.

“They have just been fantastic to work with. Once Stuart and HR Manager Leanne Jarvis heard about what we were doing so successfully with Saab Australia, they immediately put their hand up to be part of the program,’’ Ms Hartley said.

Leanne Jarvis from DXC Technology (centre) speaks with Rebecca Giovine from Saab Australia and SAF's Toni Hartley.

Leanne Jarvis from DXC Technology (centre) speaks with Rebecca Giovine from Saab Australia and SAF’s Toni Hartley.“They have just been fantastic to work with. Once Stuart and HR Manager Leanne Jarvis heard about what we were doing so successfully with Saab Australia, they immediately put their hand up to be part of the program,’’ Ms Hartley said.

“Seeing such strong industry support for the Australia Government’s $5.1 million P-TECH Australia program means we are on the right track. We want to see more young people take a look at what StPatsTech is doing in this space and get on board in Year 11 for careers straight out of senior secondary school.’’

Enrolments are now open for the StPatsTech Information Technology course in 2019. StPatsTech College is a specialist trade and training senior secondary school which has helped more than 870 teenagers into an apprenticeship or traineeship since 2007.

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Jack makes his career move

Jack Felton has not had to go far to secure his dream job thanks to Brazier Mobility in Edinburgh North.

Jack, 17, from Davoren Park is a Metals and Engineering student from St Patrick’s Technical College, which is next door to Brazier Mobility. Jack enrolled in StPatsTech last year on a Smith Family Scholarship, which has paid for his tuition at the College, and changed his life.

Initially interested in the College’s Automotive program, Jack missed out on a place due to demand in 2017. He decided he liked the school’s atmosphere so much, he instead enrolled in the Metals and Engineering program.

“It actually worked out better that way because I love cars and have a real passion so I already had a lot of skills in that area,’’ Jack said.

“But this Engineering course has helped me get my job because I was able to learn new skills in the metals workshop.’’

Brazier Mobility fits out vehicles for people with physical disabilities including wheelchair-access vehicles and unique, special order vehicles.

Jack began his Certificate III in Body Repair Technology today (September 6) and hopes to also do an auto-electrician apprenticeship in a few years’ time.

“Once I get my trades down, I would like to buy property and become a property investor,’’ he said.

Jack said the way StPatsTech is structured made it easy for him to make friends and get the support he needed from teachers.

“It was all great being here at StPatsTech. For me the teachers, Ms Burton, Mr Hill and Ms Holliday did a lot to help me by staying back with me in the workshop or helping me with my Maths and English.’’

College Principal Danny Deptula congratulated Jack on securing his apprenticeship.

“We are so pleased to see Jack on his way with his career, and even better, with one of our neighbouring businesses,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“I have had the privilege of touring the Brazier Mobility facility here in Edinburgh North and I believe Jack will greatly enjoy his time there. The company requires its tradesmen and women to be multifaceted in their skills and abreast of the latest technology in the automotive industry, which means the work is always interesting and engaging.’’

Jack recently showed Mr Deptula one of his Engineering projects – the 44 Drum Seat. Jack repurposed an old maritime 44 gallon drum to create a man cave seat. He used AutoDesk Inventor to draw his plans before hitting the tools to create the seat using rubber and timber.

Jack's 44 Drum Seat

Jack’s 44 Drum Seat

Jack has worked hard this year to complete all his Stage Two SACE requirements and will graduate in November. In the meantime, he will work full time in his apprenticeship.





StPatsTech wins robotics competition

St Patrick’s Technical College has taken out the inaugural VEX Robotics Competition VRC Adelaide.

The College’s Year 11 Information Technology students’ robots beat out machines from Pedare Christian College, Pembroke and Trinity College to take the title of VEX Robotics champions.

VEX Robotics run regular competitions around the world and the event on August 24th at Pedare College was the first in Adelaide.

The win is even more impressive as StPatsTech only introduced its information technology program at the start of the year and the students had to build their robots from scratch.

STEM teacher Bradley Sheridan said the students built their robots in teams. The robots then needed to be programmed and a controller also coded to talk to the machines.

“We are immensely proud of the students taking out the inaugural title. Some of our competitors had extremely impressive robots and have been doing a robotics program for some years. To see students who are new to the robotics space come in and start from scratch and win is amazing. It was certainly tough competition,’’ Mr Sheridan said.


The competition had 15 rounds with teams playing in alliances of two in two-minute rounds. Alliances can be with any other team in the competition. Teams have one operator and one spotter and must complete a series of tasks such as flipping disks, picking up balls and knocking flags.

When the first and second ranked teams, Pembroke and Pedare Christian College respectively, chose to align for the finals, StPatsTech’s third placed Silver Bug Operatives chose to align with its fifth ranked team the Last Place Wonders.

The first match of the final was declared a draw due to technical issues for one of the opponents and lead to a rematch, which StPatsTech won.

The next competition will be held on September 21 at Pedare Christian College.


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StPatsTech to celebrate National Skills Week 2018

Every year St Patrick’s Technical College celebrates National Skills Week and 2018 is set to be a fantastic event.

Hosted at the Playford City Council’s Civic Centre on Playford Boulevard, the event will be a celebration of trades, apprenticeships, traineeships and business in the north.

This year the very special guest speakers are: Honourable David Pisoni, MP, Minister for Industry and Skills and Barossa Fine Food’s Business Development Manager Alex Knoll.

The College will also be celebrating the naming of 5 staff, students and programs as finalists in the 2018 SA Training Awards, to be presented at a gala dinner on September 7.

For more information and to find out how you can purchase tickets to the event go to this page.

Parliamentary privilege

St Patrick’s Technical College was this week honoured with a special focus in South Australia’s Legislative Assembly.

Member for King Paula Luethen used her time to shine a light on the positive outcomes for students who undertake school-based apprenticeship/traineeships at the Edinburgh North College.

Principal Danny Deptula welcomed the focus on vocational education, saying it was a privilege to be mentioned in Parliament. He thanked Ms Luethen for taking the time to find out more about the College and promote vocational education.

“With so many trade and technical jobs forecast in Adelaide’s defence industries, and high demand in more traditional industries like food and hospitality, plumbing and engineering, opting for a trade career is the smart choice for many young people,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“We are fortunate in the North to be able to offer so many pathways to successful careers through our network of Catholic schools. St Patrick’s Technical College speciality is school-based apprentices and trainees. In fact we do it so well we have two students shortlisted as finalists in the SA Training Awards’ School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year awards and another Old Scholar as a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year Awards.’’

Mr Deptula said credit for the College’s success can be attributed to the dedicated staff at the school. He congratulated teachers, trainers and administrative staff who have been part of the College since it opened in 2007 for creating an innovative, responsive and industry-relevant educational environment for students.

Sarah Mills (3) Ready

All boxes ticked

As we head into the July school holidays today, St Patrick’s Technical College is celebrating the hard work of five Year 12 students who have completed all their subjects and work for the year.

The students are school-based apprentices and trainees have knuckled down this year to complete all their subjects required for their SACE certificate. Their work will now be submitted to the SACE Board for moderation.


  • Julian Fragnito who works at Zeeas Café and is studying a Certificate III in Hospitality with RTO CEG.
  • Sarah Mills, who works at Brazilian Beauty North Adelaide and is studying a Certificate III in Beauty.
  • Chelsea Doman-Hicks who works at the Kingsford Hotel and is studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with RTO TAFE SA.
  • Courtney Bailie who works at the Midway Tavern and is studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with RTO TAFE SA.
  • Leith Cappelluti, who works Shannon Welding and from next term will be studying a Certificate III In Engineering.

StPatsTech College Principal Danny Deptula said that Julian, Sarah, Chelsea, Courtney and Leith had impressed staff with their dedication to complete their SACE subjects. He said armed with their Year 12 certificates, apprentices and trainees can expect better rates of pay than those who do not complete senior secondary education.

He said those students no longer had to attend the College and he looked forward to celebrating their graduation with them in November.

“These students can now spend more time with their employer, which will help them grow their skills, and I congratulate them on their effort to complete Year 12 mid-way through the year,’’ Mr Deptula said.

He said StPatsTech’s innovative approach to education meant students were able to have flexible, work-friendly time schedules that enabled them to get the most out of work and education. The College is a School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship specialist with nearly 870 students signed to work since 2007.

More than 50 StPatsTech students have commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship since the start of the 2018 school year.

2018 SbATs learn some healthy recipes with a cooking lesson.

Food for good health, good deed

St Patrick’s Technical College this week welcomed back our students who are out on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SbATs).

As part of our innovative, work-focussed program, SbATs spend just six weeks during Year 12 at the College completing their compulsory SACE subjects and the rest of their time is spent with their employer or attending trade school.

During the SbAT weeks, the College’s full-time campus-based students head out to local businesses on work experience.

This week was the third block for the year and saw the Year 12 Health subject students improve their culinary skills. The students cooked a range of meals, using healthy recipes, for Fred’s Van Elizabeth, which is run from Vinnies Elizabeth.

Teacher Nicola Swiderski said it was important for the young men and women to be able to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals for themselves. She said the students also learnt more about the work at Fred’s Van and the high demand in the Elizabeth community for the service.

Hamish Todd, Conor Gray, Tyler Carroll attend the Eddie Woo talk at Golden Grove High School on Monday, June 25 2018

Learning to love Maths!

Maths can be fun. That was the message St Patrick’s Technical College students heard on Monday from Australian of the Year – Local Hero Eddie Woo.

Mr Woo, who is a maths teacher from Sydney, has come to national attention with his WooTube channel which provides high-energy, easy-to-follow lessons for students as well as offering resources for teachers.

StPatsTech students from the College’s Year 11 Electrotechnology and Information Technology classes attended a special schools presentation by Mr Woo at Golden Grove High School thanks to funding from the Advanced Technology Project.

STEM teacher Bradley Sheridan said Mr Woo shared with students some of his background as migrant from Malaysia and why he had chosen a career as a maths teacher.

“He spoke about some of the key people in history in mathematics as well as trying to break some of the common stereotypes of mathematicians that some may have,” Mr Sheridan said.

Throughout his presentation, Eddie would pause and test the audience with a brain teaser or a mathematics problem. He finished with some questions and answers at the end.

“One of Eddie’s major points was that mathematics is about ‘play, teamwork’ and that is a ‘story’. The students really enjoyed Eddie’s presentation and felt a deeper appreciation for mathematics and where it is used in our world,’’ Mr Sheridan said.

Mr Sheridan thanked Year 11 Coordinator Nicola Swiderski for her help on the day.

Pictured: Hamish, Conor and Tyler with Eddie Woo.