The State Liberals are pledging to restore public confidence in South Australia’s much maligned Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector with a major investment if a Marshall Liberal Government is elected in March.
“The Weatherill Government’s TAFE debacle and the earlier Skills for All fiasco have damaged the critical training sector and hurt the job prospects of young South Australians,” said Shadow Minister for Education John Gardner.
“As part of our plan to renew the training sector a Marshall Liberal Government will establish a new technical college in Adelaide’s western suburbs with a focus on encouraging students to prepare for work in the shipbuilding and Defence sectors.
“South Australia is on the cusp of a naval shipbuilding jobs boom and a Marshall Government will renew the skilled jobs training sector in an effort to snare every last one of those new, highly skilled, well paid jobs for a local.
“Our western suburbs Technical College will be heavily engaged with defence, shipbuilding and other maritime industries to maximise its benefits for the students and the industry.
“The new technical college will operate in a similar way to South Australia’s two former Australian Technical Colleges, St Patrick’s Technical College and Marcellin Technical College, that are having tremendous success delivering first class educations to school students who wish to undertake a technical qualification.
“The new technical college complements a wider plan to deliver a more flexible approach to enabling students to pursue an apprenticeship or traineeship.
“A significant proportion of school based apprenticeships require the student’s attendance at the workplace for only one or two days a week – or after hours.
“A Marshall Liberal Government will encourage flexible apprenticeship pathways enabling more young people to be learning and earning at the same time.
“A more intensive approach will enable students to have made far greater progress with their technical qualifications – in many cases completing the first year of their apprenticeship – by the time they leave school with their SACE.”