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Ben puts his best foot forward … and nabs a job!

Finding good employees can be a challenge for employers but one St Patrick’s Technical College teacher has prime seats to the best up-and-coming tradesmen and women.

Linda Burton, who is the College’s Electrotechnology teacher, recently signed Year 11 student Benjamin Bruecher as a School-based Apprentice to her electrical contracting business Steady Power.

Ms Burton is a qualified electrician and runs Steady Power with her husband Lee.

She said she took on Ben because he presented so well in class.

“He is always on time, listens to instructions, take information on board and makes good decisions.  All of his work is completed early. He is proactive and had paperwork back to me for the work trial within 10 minutes of being asked.  Feedback from work experience described him as an excellent potential employee and that he would be hired if they had a position available,’’ Ms Burton said.

“Ben has shown himself to have huge potential and I employed him now as to not lose him.’’

Ben said he had learnt a valuable lesson in always putting your best foot forward.

“I did not know Ms Burton ran her own business or was looking to employ an apprentice when I started in her class. It’s interesting as you do not really expect your teacher to be the person who hires you but I’m glad I stayed focussed and my hard work paid off.’’

Ben said he moved to StPatsTech at the start of the year in the hope of securing an electrical apprenticeship during his senior secondary years.

He will continue at the College as a School-based Apprentice, meaning he will study for his SACE while also undertaking his Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Ms Burton said Steady Power is a small, family-owned electrical company which prides itself on customer service and attention to detail.

She said when selecting an apprentice, she looks for someone who is clean, tidy, well presented, personable, happy to come to work and keen to learn.

“I look for intelligence and potential because we can teach amazing apprentices if they want to learn and are capable in the trade,’’ she said.

Congratulations Ben. He is the 865th StPatsTech student to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Herbertia Barber-Watts and Jack Felton learning to cook sausage rolls as part of their Health studies.

Making healthy choices

Year 12 students expanded their cooking repertoire, hitting St Patrick’s Technical College’s commercial kitchen to make sausage rolls.

As part of their Health students, the students made two types of sausage rolls – chicken and vegetable and traditional. Teacher Nicola Swiderski said the goal of the cooking day was to provide the students, who hope to become apprentices soon, with some different healthy lunch choices.

“These young people will rely on taking packed lunches to work, especially if they are working away on job sites,’’ Ms Swiderski said.

“So as part of our commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles and preparing young people for the world of work, we wanted to share with them some healthy and affordable lunch options they can make themselves.’’

Ms Swiderski said while the humble sandwich was still a firm favourite in Aussie lunch boxes, she hoped the cooking class would expand the diet of the students.

Student Herbertia Barber-Watts said she had enjoyed the cooking class and would be making the sausage rolls again.

Pictured are Engineering students Herbertia and Jack during their cooking class.


Keeping it in the family

Congratulations Lucas Skirving (Year 11 Plumbing)

Lucas this week signed up for his School-based Apprenticeship with his dad, Paul Skirving. Lucas is the 864th young person from St Patrick’s Technical College to commence an apprenticeship since the College opened its doors in 2007.

Mr Skirving said Lucas moved to StPatsTech specifically with the goal to go into the family businesses while also completing his education.

Through RTO Peer, Lucas will be in good hands with his dad who has been a Master Plumber of South Australia since 1985. He will be working mainly in the domestic market and it Mr Skirving hopes Lucas will one day take over the business.

Lucas said he was looking forward to earning his own money and achieving his SACE.


HIA ISMAA Ry Gardner, Principal Danny Deptula, HIA ISMAA Bron Adams and Clive Broughton

Catholic Education Week celebrated in industrial style

St Patrick’s Technical College marked the final day of Catholic Education Week 2018 with an industry barbecue lunch.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) Industry BBQ was hosted at the College to bring local business, industry groups and training organisations together. Visitors were treated to a BBQ lunch of salads prepared by the College’s Year 11 Commercial Cooking students, of Barossa Fine Food sausages.

The College’s specialist trade trainers took guests on tours of the $15 million purpose-built campus during the event.


Principal Danny Deptula said the event was a success with a number of businesses and industry groups able to see the College up close for the first time.

“One of our core strengths as a College is our connection with industry and businesses,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“To be able to put on a barbecue lunch for those companies which have supported us by employing our students, and to show them why we are able to produce so many wonderful trade and technical workers was a real privilege today.’’

Principal Danny Deptula and Member for King Paula Leuthen

Mr Deptula thanked HIA and ISMAA for sponsoring the event.

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AFL Knock Out Round 1

Round One Win for Fighting Irish

St Patrick’s Technical College v Playford International College

StPatsTech 11 6 72   Playford 8 6 54

St Patrick’s Technical College’s Open Boys Knockout Football team emerged victorious after the first round of the competition today.

StPatsTech boys took on Playford International at My Money House Oval (Central Districts Football Club) in Elizabeth. StPatsTech started the first quarter strongly with the ball being delivered well into the forward line. By the quarter time bell, StPatsTech was four goals up with a strong start to the second quarter.

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Playford International were not to be forgotten coming back in the second half and getting within two goals during the second quarter.

Coach Sheridan inspired the team with a pep talk ahead of the third quarter and the Fighting Irish were able to pull clear ahead to take the win.

Notable mentions for the game include Jayden Lu who performed brilliantly every time the ball was near. Nathan Hearing did well moving from full-forward, where he was having an influence, to ruck, where he was dominant. Tyler Carroll showed that he has some class and was able to deliver to the forward line well. Bisset, Richard, Mailes, Buccini all had an influence with AFL debutant Conor Grey dominant around goals.

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There were a couple of injuries suffered from StPatsTech but hope recovery will be swift.

Coach Sheridan thanked Assistant Coach, College Chaplain, Michael McFarlane for his “brilliant” help and ability to master the timing app on his Iphone. Thank you to the family members, teaching staff and students who attended the game to support the side.

RESULTS Best: Lu, Hearing, Carroll, Richard, Bisset, Mailes, Buccini, Grey

Goals: Grey, Richard, Smith, Hearing, Carroll, Ewan, Bisset, Buccini















Celebrating jobs @stpatstech

We do not measure our success by ATAR scores. Our measure of success is apprenticeship/traineeship numbers.

Apprenticeships and traineeships not only give you new skills and qualifications, but can lead to unexpected and exciting career pathways in the future.

As of May 2018, nearly 850 St Patrick’s Technical College students have commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship across a diverse range of trades. Through our eight courses on offer, students have gone onto careers as:

  • Agricultural Mechanical TechnologySbATWall PG 2018 - 311
  • Airconditioning and Refrigertion
  • Auto Electrical
  • Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Automotive Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology
  • Automotive Heavy Commercial Vehicle
  • Automotive Mechanical (Light Vehicle)
  • Automotive Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Sales
  • Automotive Vehicle Body
  • Bricklaying / Blocklaying
  • Business
  • Cabinet Making
  • CarpentrySbATWall PG 2018 - 368
  • Civil Construction (Plant Operations)
  • Commercial Cookery
  • Commercial Mechanical Technology
  • Concreting
  • Data and Voice Communications
  • Electrotechnology – Data and Voice Comms
  • Electrotechnology – Electronics & Communications
  • Electrotechnology Communications
  • Electrotechnology Computer Systems
  • Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Electrotechnology Systems Electrician
  • Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Engineering Technical
  • ESI – Distribution
  • Floor Covering and FinishingSbATWall PG 2018 - 373
  • Flooring Technology
  • Food Processing (Retail Baking – Combined)
  • Furniture Making (Cabinet Making)
  • Hairdressing
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
  • Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)
  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Manufactured Mineral Products
  • Mobile Plant Technology
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Retail
  • Retail Baking (Bread)
  • Roof PlumbingSbATWall PG 2018 - 378
  • Roof Tiling
  • Spare Parts Interpreting
  • Tiling
  • Transport and Logistics (Road Transport)
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining

Click on our Enrolment section for more information or book a tour via this link today!

Sam Smith, Head Chef, FINO with new School-based Apprentice chef 
Kurtis Joyce.

School-based Apprenticeships continue to soar

St Patrick’s Technical College this morning saw its 848th apprentice commence work.

Kurtis Joyce has been studying his SACE and Certificate II in Commercial Cooking with the College since 2017 and was today signed by FINO Seppeltsfield to a School-based apprenticeship. He follows in the footsteps of Class of 2017’s Madison ter Bogt and Class of 2013’s Sarah Voigt at the prestigious Barossa Valley venue. Ms ter Bogt was named as a Finalist in the 2017 South Australia Training Awards for her work at FINO.

St Patrick’s Technical College Principal Danny Deptula said the College has seen nearly 25 students commence their apprenticeship since January this year. In the decade since the College opened its doors 848 students have commenced apprenticeships or traineeships, with 94 per cent going on to complete their training.

“As Northern Adelaide’s leading trade and technical senior secondary educator, St Patrick’s Technical College has been at the coalface of youth employment since 2007,” Mr Deptula said.

“Kurtis joins hundreds of St Patrick’s Technical College Old Scholars to begin their career with a local business and we know through our own research that 98 per cent of those past students remain employed,” Mr Deptula said.

“Even better, 87 per cent of past students remain in the great North of Adelaide and nearly 60 per cent are employed in the area.”

Mr Deptula said the emerging Defence industries centred around RAAF Base Edinburgh and maritime manufacturing as well as recent announcements of business investment in the north, opportunities for the area’s young people were plentiful.

Kurtis’s school work and timetable will be adjusted to enable him to spend as much time learning from the chefs at FINO Seppeltsfield as possible. As a School-based Apprentice, Kurtis will complete his SACE and graduate Year 12 – an important step if he wishes to go onto further education later in life.

Also beginning their School-based Apprenticeships recently are:

James Watson with Golden Grove Interiors (Cert III Carpentry)
Cristian Neve with Xtreme Concrete Constuction (Cert III Concreting)
Cain Gerrits with Gerrits Plastering (Cert III Plastering)
Bill Hannam with RS Burbidge (Cert III Plumbing)
Leith Cappelluti  with MTA-GTS (Cert III Automotive)
Santiago Bribiesca-Diaz with Mayfair Hotel (Cert III Hospitality)
Isaac Trembath with Stairlock (Cert III Carpentry)
Jayden Tingey with Truckelec (Cert III Auto Electrical)
Chelsea Doman-Hicks with Hotel Kingsford Pty Ltd (Cert III Commercial Cooking)
Noah Neilson with A Class Kitchens (Cert III Cabinet Making)
Brock Mead with Booth Transport Tanunda Inc (Cert III Engineering)

St Patrick’s Technical College strongly urges our community to support those businesses which support local jobs.


Students help build safe places

St Patrick’s Technical College is partnering with St Vincent de Paul Society to provide safe, secure spaces for some of the state’s most vulnerable children.

Students from the College will design and build a play area and dog accommodation for the Vinnie’s Women’s Crisis Centre in Adelaide.

The 21 room crisis centre provides all meals and serviced rooms as well as kitchen, laundry and computer facilities for women in crisis. The facility is a child-friendly, pet-friendly service and provides women in crisis access to practical services to rebuild their lives.

St Vincent de Paul Society’s Schools and Community Engagement Officer Jayne Short visited the College recently and met with the students and staff involved in the program.

The College will provide the design (in consultation with Vinnies), materials and labour. Other Catholic schools will help with fundraising for the project.

“I don’t know how we would do this play area without St Patrick’s Technical College being involved,’’ Ms Short said.

“It’s also really important for us as an organisation to have the opportunity to talk with students about domestic violence and have that conversation around it with young people.’’

The first project will be building the dog accommodation and play space before the playground project scheduled by 2019.

Ms Short said the centre currently homes about 30 children at a time with hundreds expected through the doors in the coming years.

“It’s very important to have a play area within the centre because women are frightened to access the public playgrounds. This playground will let the children play and the mums can relax. I know the play area will be fantastic and it will be very meaningful to our guests,’’ Ms Short said.

The Year 12 Building and Construction class will undertake the project. Year 12 and Religious Education Coordinator John Neate said the College was proud to be involved with the program which not only benefitted the families at the centre, but would help build students’ trade skills.

SA police field 400 calls per week around domestic violence.

The Vinnie’s Women’s Crisis Centre is supported by BankSA, West End Community Fund, La Donna Hygiene, CMV and RAA Security Services.