Students across Wyndham are a step closer to a high-tech, innovative learning centre that will equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today turned the first sod of the new Wyndham Tech School on Victoria University’s Werribee Campus.
The newly constructed Wyndham Tech School will be one of 10 new Tech Schools built under the Andrews Labor Government’s $128 million Tech School initiative.
Tech Schools use equipment such as 3D printers, audio visual platforms, robotics and virtual reality, to deliver advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Students from 18 government, Catholic and independent partner secondary schools in the City of Wyndham will participate in the Tech School’s learning programs free of charge – opening new opportunities for young people in the western suburbs.
Scheduled to open mid-2018, Wyndham Tech School learning programs will focus on local industry areas forecast for greatest growth, including health, transport and logistics, scientific and technical professional services, and construction.
Students attending the Tech School will have access to expertise from staff from Victoria University while they work on real-world problems provided by industry and use the latest technology to come up with solutions.
Design work was completed by Gray Puksand Architects in May 2017 and Harris HMC was today announced as the builder.
Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“This brand new Tech School will allow students across the western suburbs to get the skills and experiences they need to thrive in the emerging jobs of the future.”
“Industry and community groups in the City of Wyndham will ensure the Wyndham Tech School’s learning programs are relevant to local students.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“Building tech schools like this gives our kids access to the best possible education opportunities, and our future generations more choice as they start out in life.”