New TAFE College To Be Established In Adelaide’s Western Suburbs

New TAFE College To Be Established In Adelaide’s Western Suburbs

South Australia Minister for Education John Gardner

New Technical College To Be Established In South Australia

Victor P Taffa

State Government will put forward an expression of interest calling for education sites and trade industries to take the lead in establishing a new technical college in Adelaide’s western suburbs, fulfilling a 100-day commitment of the Marshall Government.

New college will be heavily engaged with defence, shipbuilding and other maritime industries to maximise benefits for students and the industry.

Focus for the courses offered at the college may include:

  • Engineering (Mechanical and Fabrication)
  • Electronics
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Electro-technology (Electrical, Data Communications and A/C Refrigeration)
  • ICT incorporating Programming/Coding, Cyber Security and Virtual Reality
  • Automotive (Heavy and Light vehicle, Auto-electrical)

Location of the college will be a key consideration, particularly the need to be situated near a diverse range of business and industry sites.

Marshall Government will be exploring options to use either an existing school, develop a new college site or use an existing non-school site.

Education Minister John Gardner said the establishment of the college would restore confidence in South Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

“Former Labor Government’s TAFE and Skills for All debacles have damaged the critical training sector and hurt the job prospects of young South Australians.” Minister Gardner said.

“Our state is on the cusp of a naval shipbuilding jobs boom and we must do everything we can to ensure these new, highly skilled, well paid jobs go to South Australians.”

“Establishment of a new technical college is part of the Marshall Government’s commitment to boost skills training in our state and equip our young people with skill sets that align with industry needs.” Minister Gardner said.

“In a rapidly changing world, government investment in training must be connected to the needs for the broader economy to lead to real jobs and better investment outcomes.”

“It has been predicted that by 2025, one in every seven workers in South Australia will be in a STEM related job.”

“Government is committed to supporting young South Australians to develop high level trade, STEM and entrepreneurial skills so they are well equipped for careers in defence, shipbuilding and maritime industries.” Minister Gardner said.

“These skills are a key ingredient in meeting the workforce needs of the defence industry and the growing use of technology and trade diversity in the workplace.”

“Industry consultation has provided a strong indication that businesses are seeking young people who have the necessary entry level qualifications and are work ready.”

“We anticipate strong interest in this project and look forward to receiving submissions from a diverse range of stakeholders on a national scale.” Minister Gardner said.


STEM              Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

TAFE              Technical and Further Education