Q. Where exactly is St Patrick’s Technical College?
Our purpose built, $15 million state-of-the-art campus is located at Hooke Road, Edinburgh North, adjacent to Elizabeth TAFE and the Elizabeth Shopping Centre.
The College is walking distance to the Elizabeth Interchange on the Adelaide to Gawler railway line, providing easy public transport links to Northern and North-Eastern Adelaide, the Barossa Valley and Lower North.
Q. Do I leave my current school to attend St Pat’s Tech?
A. Yes you do. Our timetable – including work placements and pre-vocational training – is built around all students being enrolled full time at the College. This allows for flexibility to deliver the trade focused SACE course.
Q. Is St Pat’s Tech part of TAFE?
A. While we’re not part of TAFE SA, they are our training partner. We have a unique cooperative agreement with TAFE for the auditing, delivery and accreditation of all our pre-vocational training courses.
Q. What do I wear at St Pat’s Tech?
A. Students at St Pat’s Tech wear an official campus uniform. On trade training days and in the workplace, students wear an appropriate trade uniform. This uniform depends on your trade and includes items like an embroidered high-vis work shirt, trousers or overalls, chef uniform, safety footwear and equipment.
Our uniform is available exclusively from Totally Workwear, Salisbury.
Q. How much does it cost to attend St Pat’s Tech?
A. The College is committed to providing you with the greatest access to our unique offering for young people of the region. Our annual tuition fee has been structured to be comparative with that of local private secondary schools. Additional costs for uniform and resources should be taken into account, however all training costs are fully included.
Families with financial difficulties are encouraged to apply. Assistance may be provided following confidential discussions with the Business Manager and Government assistance is available for eligible families.
Q. Are scholarships available?
A. Yes. We partner with a number of organisations, including The Smith Family and Boystown, to provide assistance for families to attend St Pat’s Tech. You can contact these agancies direct to check your eligibility.
The College also has a small number of private scholarships available.
Q. Can I change trade courses after I have started?
A. Yes. Part of studying at St Pat’s Tech means you’ll be exposed to a range of trades and opportunities. You may start in one trade area and find that it is not to your liking.
We understand this and so have structured our programs to enable you to switch if things aren’t working out the way you
thought they would.
It’s a great safety net to have and we’ll work through your situation to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.
Q. Can I start at Year 12 and bring my SACE credit with me?
A. Yes. In most situations it is possible to begin at St Pat’s Tech in Year 12 and transfer credit for what you have done previously.
However, it really depends on your particular situation and the subjects you have already studied. We are happy to talk to you about how it could work for you.
Q. Will I get an apprenticeship?
A. You can – but it’s really up to you. We’ll help and prepare you to get an apprenticeship through our workplace practices program, pre-vocational training, work experience and industry visits.
St Pat’s Tech has extensive industry networks and we use them to support students move into employment. Students are also encouraged to seek their own apprenticeships and through a combination of both, most students are successful by the
end of their time at the College.
Experience shows that our program will give you an advantage. We provide you with the skills and opportunities – but we don’t give you the apprenticeship – only you can guarantee that!
Q. How and when do I enrol?
A. All students interested in attending St Pat’s Tech are required to complete an Application for Enrolment. You will then be required to sit an aptitude test and attend an interview with a parent or guardian.
Once we have received your Application for Enrolment we will contact you to let you know exactly when the testing and interviews will take place.
The earlier you lodge your application, the better your chances of being offered a position in your first preference course.