Former Young Australian Of The Year To Be Tech Schools Ambassador

Minister for Education James Merlino today expanded on the Andrews Labor Government’s vision for Tech Schools and announced robotics communicator and entrepreneur Marita Cheng as Victoria’s Tech School Ambassador.

Mr Merlino said Ms Cheng’s passion for science and engineering made her the perfect ambassador for the new Tech Schools program which aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related fields.

Thousands of Victorian students will soon have access to a state-of-the art Tech School with the first new facilities up and running in 2017.

As part of the Labor Government’s vision for the Education State, it is investing $125 million to create ten high tech centres of learning at TAFEs and university campuses across the state that will use leading-edge technology to deliver advanced skills and training.

The ten Tech Schools will be shared learning centres for government and non-government secondary school students who will visit the Tech Schools from their existing schools.

The innovative new learning centres will be located in Gippsland, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Monash, Casey, Wyndham, Whittlesea, Banyule and the Yarra Ranges, with the first schools opening in 2017 and all schools on stream for 2018.

Mr Merlino explained that each Tech School would be unique, shaped by local stakeholders and school communities, and specialising in a different area.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“Our Tech Schools commitment is part of this Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State. This is about taking our education system from good to great.”

“I am thrilled to announce that Marita Cheng will be the Ambassador for this program. A former Young Australian of the Year, she is passionate about STEM and what it can offer young Victorians.”

“Tech Schools will use leading-edge technology, discovery and innovation to deliver our students new skills, insights and ways of working which will be crucial for the jobs of the future.”

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