Pathways in Technology (P-TECH)

The Australian Government is investing $5.1 million to pilot the P-TECH model in Australia. The P-TECH pilot is an innovative model of education-industry collaboration that provides students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate with an industry supported pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. 

On 30 May 2016, the Government announced a $4.6 million expansion of the P-TECH pilot to twelve additional sites across Australia. This builds upon the $0.5 million investment in two P-TECH schools currently operating in Victoria at Newcomb Secondary College in Geelong and Federation College, Ballarat.

The pilot will enable the Government to test and adapt the P-TECH model in different jurisdictions and school systems, and provide a catalyst for greater industry engagement with schools.

The Government announced seven of the 12 new pilot site schools:

  • McCarthy Catholic College, Western Sydney, New South Wales 
  • Wyong High School, Central Coast, New South Wales
  • Hunter River High School, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
  • St Patrick’s Technical College, Northern Adelaide, South Australia
  • Cecil Andrews Senior High School, South Perth, Western Australia
  • Tec-NQ, Townsville, Queensland
  • A combined P-TECH at Burnie High School and Parklands High School, Tasmania

The remaining five sites will be determined in consultation with state and territory governments, non-government school authorities and industry. There will be a phased approach to pilot implementation with five sites commencing in 2017, and others starting in 2018 and 2019.

The P-TECH pilot involves the establishment of long-term partnerships between industry, schools and tertiary education providers that enable businesses to play an active role in the learning and career development of their future workforce. This includes mentoring and providing pathways from school to further education, training and employment, including opportunities for employment with the school’s industry partners. 

The P-TECH model features opportunities for students to connect and build relationships with industry partners, and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences will help students to make informed decisions about their future careers and pathways.

The Government is working with the Skilling Australia Foundation to expand the Australian P-TECH pilot.

For more information about the Australian P-TECH pilot, please visit http://www.ptech.org.au/. You can contact the Skilling Australia Foundation at info@saf.org.au or 1300 096 120, or contact the Australian Government Department of Education and Training at ptech@education.gov.au.