Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at Wyong High School is being designed by the school’s leadership team and local education, industry and community partners to suit local circumstances.
In the P-TECH model, local employers partner with schools, TAFEs/RTOs and universities to strengthen students’ prospects of a successful transition to work by ensuring they develop the technical and personal skills employers are looking for.
To achieve this goal, the school is working collaboratively with other education and training providers and a number of major locally-based employer partners including Mars Food Australia (Masterfoods), Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Australia, the University of Newcastle and the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.
Commencing in January 2017, Wyong High School has begun to introduce an innovative P-TECH styled skills-based program that will provide an industry-supported pathway for students to achieve a post-school qualification in areas of growing local employment demand.
To prepare its students for the world beyond school, all Year 9 students at Wyong High School in 2017 will have an opportunity to participate in introductory P-TECH projects and activities to generate enthusiasm for STEM study.
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New #P-TECH School Announced for the Central Coast
Central Coast Business Review, Central Coast | 01 Jul 2016
A Turnbull Government will extend the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) program by announcing another new pilot at Wyong High School with employer partners, Mars Food Australia, Sanitarium and the Central Coast Business Chamber.
The announcement was made during the election campaign in Wyong by the Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham. Mars Food Australia, Sanitarium and the Central Coast Business Chamber joins, PwC, Barwon Health, GMHBA, Bendigo Bank, Opteon, Tribal Campus and IBM who have already committed to the program around Australia.
Skilling Australia Foundation welcomed the announcement commenting that the first P-TECH school was established in the US by IBM in 2011 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, The City University of New York, and the New York City College of Technology. IBM has also committed to lead the site in Ballarat.
“The P-TECH Science Technology Engineering and Math model is a perfect fit for the region. The new innovation partnership will build on momentum and ensure a strong skilled labour pipeline” said Skilling Australia Foundation CEO, Mr Nicholas Wyman.
“We are delighted with the response from the local community and business people and the opportunities it will offer the region’s young people” he added.