National Skills Week

National Skills Week 2017 | 28 August – 3 September

National Skills Week brings to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

St Patrick’s Technical College celebrates National Skills Week with a host of activities and opportunities for current and prospective students and families to interact with our specialist trades and technical school.

See below for National Skills Week events and registration details.


nwNational Skills Week Business Lunch | Friday 25 August @ Playford Civic Centre

Join us to celebrate and highlight the talent, skills, career pathways and value of apprentices and trainees in Australia at the annual St Patrick’s Technical College National Skills Week Business Lunch.

The event features presentations from three special guests focusing on the importance of practical and vocational learning for the social and economic prosperity of northern Adelaide.

Perceptions are not reality: myths, realities and the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia
presented by Nicholas Wyman – CEO, Skilling Australia Foundation

Australian Technical College – Northern Adelaide: 10 years on
presented by Senator David Fawcett – Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade

Passionately curious
presented by Jack Donaldson (StPatsTech Class of 2010) – 2016 South Australian Apprentice of the Year

Further information & tickets available here >


Open Night | Wednesday 30 August, 4-8pm

Interactive and static displays, guided tours and plenty of opportunity for questions await you at our National Skills Week Open Night. We warmly invite you to meet our team and visit the state-of-the-art facilities that have assisted to successfully produce 800 apprentices since 2007.

A dedicated P-TECH Information Session will be conducted as part of Open Night. See below for details.

If you are in Year 10 and looking to give yourself the best chance to get a head start on the career you want, put the date on your calendar today!

Open Night is a great time to lodge your enrolment papers for 2018. It ensures you are allocated a place in your first preference course.

We suggest allowing at least one hour for a full tour of the College and the chance to ask questions regarding your particular course of interest.

Parking is available in the College’s visitor car park (on Hooke Rd) with plenty of overflow room in the student car park at the rear of the College (enter from Barfield Crescent).

Click here to register for Open Night >


P-TECHP-TECH Information Session | Wednesday 30 August, 7pm

This session will take place as part of the College Open Night.

St Patrick’s Technical College is South Australia’s first P-TECH school. Learn more about this innovative new program, supported by the Australian Government and Skilling Australia Foundation, and the industry supported pathways to further education, training and employment on offer for students in South Australia’s defence industries.

Click here to register for the P-TECH Information Session>


Try-A-Trade Sessions | Friday 1 September

During National Skills Week we’d love to show you just what it’s like to be a student at St Patrick’s Technical College by inviting you to attend a Try-A-Trade Session in our workshops.

These two hour practical sessions are suitable for students currently in Year 10. No previous Vocational Education & Training (VET) experience is necessary.

Morning (9-11am) and afternoon (2-4pm) sessions will be offered at St Patrick’s Technical College in each of our course areas.*

Click here to register your preference(s) to attend a Try-A-Trade session >

* Please note: While we intend to offer Try-A-Trade sessions in all program areas, these will be offered subject to minimum registration numbers. We will make every attempt to place you in your preferred session(s) but cannot guarantee this. You will be contacted to advise which session(s) you have been enrolled in by Friday 25 August.