Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at McCarthy Catholic College in Emu Plains, Western Sydney 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.
McCarthy Catholic College are introducing an innovative P-TECH styled skills-based program that will focus on data analytics, software programming and engineering and provide an industry supported pathway for students to achieve a post-school qualification in areas of growing local employment demand. To achieve this goal, the college is working collaboratively with other education and training providers and global professional services leader PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), and Telstra and potentially one more software partner.
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PwC partners with McCarthy Catholic College for Sydney’s first #P-TECH Pilot
AUSTRALIA – PwC has today been announced as the first employer partner for a new Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) style pilot at McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains.
The P-TECH model is a partnership between schools, industry and the community to provide pathways for more young people to achieve qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to strengthen their employment prospects.
Senior students who are involved in the P-TECH style pilot will be on a pathway to achieve two qualifications: their Secondary School Certificate and a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
As an employer partner, PwC will provide support to the pilot through:
- participating in the steering committee;
- supporting program and curriculum design;
- mentoring and learning support;
- workplace visits; and
- promoting job opportunities
PwC National Skills Leader Sara Caplan is a strong and passionate advocate for the STEM agenda and skills based learning and said industry buy-in is critical to the success of the pilot.