Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at Tec-NQ is being designed by the school’s leadership team and local education, industry and community partners to prepare students for the full breadth of employment opportunities coming online in the agricultural, energy and manufacturing sectors.
Commencing in 2018, Tec-NQ will introduce an innovative P-TECH styled skills-based program to provide an industry-supported pathway for students to achieve a post-school qualification or associates degree in areas of growing local employment demand.
Tec-NQ is working collaboratively with a number of locally-based employer partners including Wilmar Sugar and Ergon Energy to develop a STEM-based training program to support innovation in the engineering, advanced manufacturing and energy industries. Growcom, the industry association for the horticultural industry, will support pathways into the emerging agritech industry. Additional local employers are expected to support the partnership providing additional resources and practical opportunities to students.
To prepare for the world beyond school, a P-TECH immersion program will commence in 2018 bringing a STEM focus to a range of industry-supported learning experiences that will extend their education beyond the classroom. In future years, and with support from industry partners and industry mentors, students will commence and pursue formal STEM training in alignment with nationally recognised VET qualifications.
This includes opportunities 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 better understand the relevance of their learning and how it can be applied in the workplace.
With ongoing support from their industry mentor and established connections with the school’s industry partners, P-TECH students will have the opportunity to extend their study beyond secondary school, articulating to a post-secondary education institution to achieve a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
Participating in the P-TECH styled learning program will build student interest and skills in STEM and raise awareness of the breadth and depth of STEM related training and employment pathways that are locally available. The program will be structured to develop the technical and personal skills students need to succeed at school and make a successful transition to further study and work beyond school.
The P-TECH pilot is funded by the Australian Government, which has engaged the Skilling Australia Foundation to manage the program. The P-TECH pilot in North Queensland is supported by the local community and Queensland Government.
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