The Tech Schools initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to creating the Education State, ensuring every Victorian has access to an excellent education.
This initiative will invest $128 million to create 10 high-tech centres of learning across the state that will use leading-edge technology, discovery and innovation to deliver the advanced education and training that Victorian school students will need to flourish in the rapidly changing global economy.
The Tech Schools initiative involves multiple stakeholders, locations and a diverse range of education programs, as well as staffing, transport, technology and equipment needs to consider.
Locally made, globally ready
The local partnership for each Tech School includes secondary schools, TAFE institutes, universities, local government and industry representatives that lead development and eventually manage and operate each one. Importantly, the collaboration between these partners ensures that development and operation is driven by local knowledge, insight and needs.
Partnerships design and equip each Tech School with opportunities for students, parents and community members to learn more about the focus and programs of each campus. Each Tech School has a director in place to ensure it delivers the high-tech education, training and skills our students need for the jobs of the future.
The role of my local school
If your local school is in one of the 10 Tech School locations and is part of the local partnership group, the government will work alongside your school and the other local partnership members to establish a Tech School that meets the unique needs of the students in your area. From there, any participating school can send its students along to participate in the full range of programs and facilities.
The road ahead
The Tech School initiative is progressing through the following stages of development, with each site completing project milestones at an individual pace. The Yarra Ranges Tech School opened in April 2017 and the Monash Tech School opened in October 2017. The remaining eight will open by mid-2018.
- Planning and site selection
- Education program focus
- Tech School design
- Fit out
- Curriculum and resources in place
- Openings rolling out 2017-18
The end result will be 10 exciting, high-tech and unique learning centres that will give our students the 21st century skills and capabilities they'll need.
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