The City of Whittlesea’s new cutting edge Tech School will be located at Melbourne Polytechnics in the heart of Epping.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced funding and the location of each of the state’s ten innovative Tech Schools which form a key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plans to build the Education State and boost the skills young people need to flourish in the rapidly changing global economy.

Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio explained that a consortium of secondary schools, industry, local government and Melbourne Polytechnics has been hard at work over the past year bringing the Tech School vision to life.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green said she is thrilled the Whittlesea Tech School is taking shape and that Melbourne Polytechnics, Epping Campus has agreed to host the school.

Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny said it is so I important to have modern facilities to ensure that young people in the northern suburbs have access to training for the skills needed to get jobs in the future.

The Whittlesea (Epping Campus) Tech School’s industry focus will be medical and pharmaceutical technology and new energy, giving our local students an important skills boost in these growing sectors.

Now that a site has been chosen, work is proceeding on formalising governance structures and developing a curriculum for the new learning centre which will host students from surrounding government and non-government secondary schools, who will visit to experience the application of cutting edge technologies and the latest thinking in hands on problem solving.

The Tech School initiative is part of the Andrew Labor Government’s vision to inspire and train students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, so they have the skills needed for future jobs, many of which have yet to be invented but experts believe will likely need STEM skills.

The Tech Schools – which will open in 2017 and 2018 – will have their own industry focus and will be fitted with the latest technology and hands on experiences, giving thousands of Victorian secondary school students the skills and training they need to flourish into the future.