A specialist public school for senior students has been announced as the partner institution for the soon-to-be-established Tonsley Technical College.
The Australian Science and Maths School (ASMS), located at Bedford Park, will provide a key pathway to employment for students, allowing them to complete their SACE while developing vital workplace skills at Tonsley Technical College.
The technical college, to be built at the Tonsley Innovation District, is one of five being created across the state – three in metropolitan Adelaide and two in regional South Australia.
Each technical college will provide an alternative senior secondary schooling option, equipping students with workplace skills and providing a pipeline of workers in industry sectors where there is high demand.
The specialised workplace focus for Tonsley students is currently being finalised in collaboration with key businesses and industry but will be complementary to other programs already offered within the district.
The first of the five technical colleges, at Findon, will open in 2024, with the Tonsley campus earmarked to begin hosting students by 2025. The remainder are scheduled for completion by 2026, through a total investment by the State Government of more than $208 million.
""As each of these important technical colleges takes shape, we are creating carefully tailored links between education, business and industry to strengthen student pathways from school to employment. ASMS is in close proximity to the exciting Tonsley precinct and is unzoned so provides an option for all students no matter where they are located. Each technical college will be working in key industry areas with industry engagement and consultation currently being undertaken to determine the precise focus for Tonsley.""
Education Minister, Blair Boyer
The technical colleges will provide both vocational learning and vocational pathways for Year 10 to 12 students seeking to complete their SACE.
""By partnering with the Tonsley Technical College, ASMS will broaden its offering to include vocational pathways as well as university pathways. Currently we have about 385 students attend the school each year, with about 95 per cent of those going on to tertiary study – this relationship with provide career pathways for an even more diverse group of students.""
ASMS principal, Kylie Eggers
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