Work begins on new Whittlesea tech school for Melbourne’s north

Students in Melbourne’s north are a step closer to having a high-tech learning centre on their doorstep after construction started today on the Whittlesea Tech School.

The Whittlesea Tech School, which will be hosted by Melbourne Polytechnic at its Epping campus, has been designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke architects and will open in mid-2018.

It will be a shared learning hub available free of charge for students from 13 government and non-government schools across Melbourne’s north.

With a focus on advanced manufacturing, scientific and technical services, healthcare and social assistance, entrepreneurial skills and food and fibre, the new Tech School will emphasis skills needed for careers in the 21st century.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $128 million to establish 10 Tech Schools across the state as part of the Education State reform agenda.

Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Tech Schools use high-tech equipment, such as 3D printers, audio visual platforms, robotics and virtual reality, to deliver advanced education in STEM.

With the turning of the sod at Whittlesea Tech School, each of the 10 state-of-the-art Tech Schools is now either operational or under construction.

For more information about Tech Schools visit: http://techschools.education.vic.gov.au/

Quote attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“Tech Schools bring together schools, industry, local government, TAFE and universities to allow students to find real-life solutions to real-life problems using the latest technology”

Quote attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio

“This state-of-the-art Tech School will use leading edge technology to deliver the advanced education and training that students in Whittlesea need so they can flourish in the rapidly changing global economy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Students from 13 government and non-government schools across Melbourne’s north will have access to a high-tech learning centre from mid-2018 that will help them to be ready for the jobs of the 21st century.”