Pathways in Technology (P-TECH)

The Australian Government is investing $5.1 million to pilot the Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) model in Australia

P-TECH offers secondary students an industry-supported education pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. Students then have the option to continue their study at the tertiary level or pursue employment in a STEM field, including job opportunities with the school’s industry partners.

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

The expanded 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 expanded P-TECH pilot includes the following sites:

P-TECH partnership name

School

Location

Central Coast

Wyong High School

New South Wales

Port Stephens

Hunter River High School

New South Wales

Western Sydney

McCarthy Catholic College

New South Wales

Northern Adelaide

St Patrick’s Technical College

South Australia

Southern Perth

Cecil Andrews College

Western Australia

Northern Perth Joseph Banks Secondary College Western Australia

North Queensland

Tec-NQ

Queensland

Northern Brisbane Aviation High School Queensland

Greater Burnie

Combined P-TECH at:

Burnie High School

Parklands High School

Yolla District High School

Hellyer College

 

Top End

Casuarina Senior College

Northern Territory

     
     
Melbourne Camberwell High School Victoria

 Local education and industry partners involved in the pilot are working together to design and deliver P-TECH learning programs suited to local circumstances.

The P-TECH pilot involves establishing 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 learning, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences will help students to make informed decisions about their future careers and pathways.

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

Want to know more?

More information is available on the P-TECH website, by contacting the Skilling Australia Foundation at info@saf.org.au or 1300 096 120, or by emailing the Department at ptech@education.gov.au