Aero skills focus to boost South Australian technical college to new heights

The Heights Technical College in Adelaide will add aero skills specialisation to its list of key pathways for students when it first opens its doors in 2026.

The announcement paves the way for students in years 10 to 12 to get to grips with the evolving demands of the defence sector, equipping them with essential workplace skills to strengthen pathways from school to employment. It will also help meet the workforce demands that are being experienced to support defence aircraft maintenance requirements.

The aero skills focus addresses the pressing issue of limited vocational pathways to aero skills qualifications in South Australia – an important component of the state’s defence industry. An entry level pathway will be offered including the Certificate II in Aeroskills, leading to apprenticeships post-school that will help build South Australia’s aero skills sector, and support defence and civil aviation businesses.

In addition to aero skills, The Heights Technical College will offer three other key industry specialisations – advanced manufacturing and engineering, building and construction and early childhood and education.

The state-of-the-art facility is one of five being built by the South Australian Government as part of a $208.8 million commitment to connect education, business and industry and strengthen student pathways from school to employment in key industries.

Findon Technical College was the first technical college to open the doors to its modern, fully equipped facilities earlier this year. It is already providing keen students with hands-on opportunities in the advanced manufacturing and engineering area, with BAE Systems on board as a key partner ensuring a pipeline of skilled works for the defence and naval shipbuilding industries.

In November 2023, ASC was announced as a partner with Tonsley Technical College. To be located at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct, ASC will shape the learning experiences, support workplace learning and provide job opportunities through apprenticeships for students when they complete their studies.

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