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Celebrating 1000 apprenticeships


There were 1000 reasons to celebrate at St Patrick’s Technical College this month, with a major milestone being achieved.

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Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni MP joined Catholic Education SA, local community, business, industry and government representatives at a special event on March 12 to officially recognise the 1000th apprenticeship and traineeship sign-up at the college. This milestone was achieved earlier this year when three Year 12 Metals and Engineering students committed to school-based apprenticeships.

Charlotte Simmons, Jordan Ranasinghe and Christopher Skelton started their trade in welding with employer Century Engineering, an Australian-owned business providing a range of end-to-end engineering solutions and services in Edinburgh North. The training contract sign-up was facilitated by local apprenticeship support network MEGT (Australia) Ltd, which will support the apprentices during their on-the-job training.

As part of their school-based apprenticeships, the students will study Year 12 at St Patrick’s, working towards gaining their SACE while at the same time studying a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication with registered training organisation TAFE SA.

Opened in 2007, St Patrick’s offers specialist trade training to Year 11 and 12 students. Over the years it has established partnerships and programs with industry, employers, government and training providers, to jointly develop the skills and capabilities required for workplaces.



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