ST Patrick’s Technical College’s first vocational IT students have logged on. The Year 11 students are studying a Certificate IV in Programming in partnership with TAFE SA and Saab Australia as part of the Australian Government’s $5.1 million P-TECH Australia program.
It is the first step towards a career in software engineering or development.
StPatsTech student and keen gamer Cameron Grimmond will study the dedicated information technology course for the two years of his senior schooling.
“I’ve always been interested in IT and my grandma suggested I look at coming here (to StPatsTech),” Grimmond says.
“I’m not really sure what I want to do as a career but I know it will be something to do with IT.” Grimmond says he likes his teacher and the fact he is a software engineer.
“He has had a lot of experience in the past and knows what he’s talking about, which you can respect,” he says.
Saab Australia will play an active role in the IT course by offering mentoring and work experience and inviting students to contribute ideas for projects.
People development manager Rebecca Giovine says Saab wants to help create the future pipeline of talent.
“It’s about fostering talented young people and opening their eyes to the potential career pathways in companies like Saab Australia,” she says.
Other P-TECH projects at StPatsTech include an engineering course in partnership with Century Engineering and an electrotechnology course in partnership with PMB Defence.
LOGGING ON: Cameron Grimmond studying programming at St Patrick’s.