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 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.

In addition to the two P-TECH schools currently operating in Victoria at Newcomb Secondary College, Geelong, and Federation College, Ballarat, the program will be trialled in 12 other schools across Australia, with eight pilot sites already selected:

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

North Queensland

Tec-NQ

Townsville, Queensland

Greater Burnie

Combined P-TECH at:

Burnie High School

Parklands High School

Yolla District High School

Hellyer College

Tasmania

Darwin

Casuarina Senior College

Northern Territory

The remaining four sites will be determined in consultation with state and territory governments, non-government school authorities, and industry.

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