Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at St Patrick’s Technical College, in Edinburgh North, SA 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.
Commencing in January 2017, St Patrick’s Technical College 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 employment demand. This includes the skills and qualifications required to support construction and ongoing management roles across a range of defence industry projects of national significance.
To achieve this goal, St Patrick’s is working collaboratively with other education and training providers and a number of locally-based employer partners including the Defence Teaming Centre, a leading industry association, and a consortium of local defence industry employers, including BAE Systems Australia, Century Engineering and SAAB. Further major local employer partners are expected to join the partnership providing additional resources and practical opportunities to St Patrick’s students.
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