Advanced Technology Project
The Advanced Technology Project is an initiative funded from the Australian Government by the Department of Defence and managed by the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD).
There are twenty-four schools involved in the program based in the northern, southern and western metropolitan regions including independent and Catholic schools.
St Patrick’s Technical College is the Curriculum Focus School for the Advanced Technology Project.
The Advanced Technology Project combines secondary school studies that have a specific focus on high level maths and science with highly technical Vocational Education and Training (VET).
This combination provides a training pathway towards achieving a nationally recognised vocational accreditation and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) at the same time.
The Advanced Technology Project aims to:
- Increase the number of young people who undertake career pathways in engineering, electrotechnology, technical design and manufacturing via apprenticeships and Vocational Education and Training (VET) and University studies.
- Increase the number of students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
- Prepare students for careers in South Australia’s diverse and growing defence and allied industries.
These pathways are being developed in collaboration with defence industry organisations, South Australian Universities and Registered Training Organisations to ensure students receive up to date, industry-relevant training. Curriculum is being developed in the following Industry Pathway Programs:
- Advanced Technologies
- Engineering Pathways
Students in the Advanced Technology Project will be able to:
- Complete their SACE by tailoring subjects and training to meet their individual needs, interests and desired career pathways.
- Combine highly technical Vocational and Educational Training (VET) with their regular studies so as have a wide post school choice of career and/or further training.
- Choose school based apprenticeship, a fulltime apprenticeship, traineeship or cadetship.
- Choose to go on to further education or training.
- Choose a tertiary career and/or pathway in higher education.
- Choose to go directly to employment.
The Project also aims to increase employer awareness of their options for recruiting young people.