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New STEM laboratories - creating jobs now and jobs of the future

STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (incorporating physics and chemistry).

The State Government will invest $500 million in education infrastructure to upgrade primary and secondary school STEM facilities.

Not only does this create jobs in the construction industry for South Australians now, it also ensures students are taught in these schools will have the skills and knowledge they need for the hi-tech jobs – like defence – that are the future of our State.

If you would like to register your interest in a STEM building works program, visit the Office of the Industry Advocate website to complete the skills register seeking employment opportunities.

School upgrades and capital investments are also underway as part of the STEM program. You can also learn more about how your business can be part of this school capital building program.

Public schools

$250 million will be spent towards 139 science and technology facilities in public schools.

Contemporary facilities, combined with cutting edge teaching and learning approaches, will help prepare students for jobs of the future in a wide range of industries from health to defence.

Find out more about the STEM Works at 139 school facilities.

Private schools

The State Government is establishing a $250 million loan facility for non-government schools for infrastructure projects, allowing schools to borrow at the same low interest rates as government.

The Department for Education and Child Development have information available for the STEM program and schools seeking funds as part of the loans program.

To apply for the first round of the capital support for non-government schools program use application forms at SAFA. Applications will be accepted until 31 October 2016.

More information and eligibility criteria are available on the loan program application form.

Local job opportunities

If you would like to register your interest in a STEM building works program, visit the Office of the Industry Advocate website to complete the skills register seeking employment opportunities.

If you are a local builder who would like to tender for government infrastructure building works, visit the Office of the Industry Advocate website to learn more about tendering for government contracts.

If you are interested in seeking employment from the list of prequalified builders, visit the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) website to find out more about the opportunities and the school capital building program.

These investments will help secure jobs for South Australians now and into the future.

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