Cameron Grimmond and Alicia Phay are among the first intake of students studying information technology as part of a partnership between TAFE SA and Saab Australia.
The program is part of the Federal Government’s $5.1m P-TECH Australia scheme.
The St Patrick’s Technical College Year 11 students are hoping the new course – Certificate IV in Programming – will expand their skills and knowledge in information technology.
TAFE SA IT lecturer Danny Sarris will deliver the program at the college’s “StPatsTech” with St Patrick’s teacher Michael Gauci.
Cameron, who says he has always had an interest in IT, will study the course for the next two years.
“I’m not really sure what I want to do as a career but I know it will be something to do with IT,” he said.
“I really like my teacher (Michael Gauci) as well. Knowing he’s a software engineer, it’s great.
“He has had a lot of experience and knows what he’s talking about, which you can respect.”
Saab Australia’s people development manager Rebecca Giovine says the company will play an active role in the IT course by offering mentoring, work experience and inviting students to contribute their ideas for projects.
“For us at Saab Australia, we want to partner with high schools in this capacity to help create the future pipeline of talent within the technology industry,” she says.