Port Augusta Technical College breaks ground

The Port Augusta Technical College has officially broken ground today, with South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas visiting the site to announce an employment partnership with Australia’s largest public company BHP.

This innovative educational institution is set to reinvigorate the landscape of vocational education and training (VET) by offering state-of-the-art facilities and programs designed to meet the needs of modern industries and workplaces.

Co-located with Port Augusta Secondary School, the Technical College aims to provide an integrated educational experience that combines the completion of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) with specialised industry-based VET. This unique approach is designed to furnish students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to excel in their chosen careers.

The development of the college’s operating model is currently underway, with extensive consultation involving local schools, industry representatives, and the broader community. This collaborative approach ensures that the curriculum and facilities will be closely aligned with the needs of the regional economy and its workforce.

Designed by ARM Architecture, the Port Augusta Technical College will feature cutting-edge equipment and technology, mirroring modern workplace environments to provide a realistic and practical learning experience. The college’s close ties with training providers, industry, and local businesses will facilitate a range of apprenticeships and traineeships, further enriching student learning and employment outcomes. The proposed college includes short-term student accommodation, catering to the diverse needs of students within this regional context.

Construction on the new technical college is due to begin in coming months, with the work to be undertaken by Sarah Construction. The College is slated to open in 2025.

Keep up to date with the project here.