Regional schools will receive $106.5 million in facilities upgrades through the STEM Works initiative.
Around 24,800 students from 48 regional schools will benefit from this investment, announced in the 2016-17 State Budget, with projects expected to be completed by late 2018.
STEM is the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, which are often taught together in recognition of their interrelationship.
Through the STEM Works program, schools will build flexible learning areas, such as individual breakout spaces, laboratories, maker areas, collaborative learning spaces and outdoor learning.
These spaces will be fitted out to cater for students to learn about a range of specialist topics including robotics, 3D printing, food production, laser cutting, agricultural engineering and health.
While this initiative plays a role in helping prepare students for jobs of the future, STEM Works will have a more immediate benefit with the creation of 625 full time jobs, including many opportunities in regional areas.
To assist South Australian companies to receive work from STEM Works projects, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), in collaboration with the Office of the Industry Advocate, will build into contracts criteria encouraging builders to employ locally.
If you would like to register your interest in a STEM building works program, please visit the Office of the Industry Advocate website and complete the skills register seeking employment opportunities for local builders.
If you are interested in seeking employment from the list of prequalified builders, visit the DPTI website.