25/10/2019. |. Camberwell High School students will become ‘Cybersecurity Smarter’ and be prepared for the cyber jobs of the future as a result of joining the innovative P-TECH Australia pilot program.
The Commonwealth Treasurer (and Member for Kooyong) the Hon. Josh Frydenberg visited Camberwell High School today to announce that the Melbourne P-TECH Partnership would be based at the school.
The P-TECH pilot program will give Camberwell High students the ability to work towards a post-secondary qualification in the cybersecurity field whilst completing their VCE studies.
The P-TECH pilot program is managed by the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation (SAF), with funding support from the Commonwealth Government.
General Manager of the Foundation, Andrew Sezonov, congratulated the school on the announcement: “It is fantastic Camberwell High School has joined the P-TECH pilot program.”
Mr. Sezonov said the pilot was opening the eyes of thousands of students to careers they may not have considered: “This important program will help students to develop the skills needed for jobs of the future in local growth industries and emerging sectors of the economy like cybersecurity, enabling Camberwell High students to work closely with local businesses to bridge the STEM skills gap. The breadth of the P-TECH partners ensures P-TECH students are exposed to a diverse learning program; this ensures no one company, or agenda can dominate the program.”
At the announcement, Treasurer Frydenberg met with school officials, students, parents, employer and tertiary partners to discuss the importance of industry and education partnerships in supporting and developing career pathways for the jobs of the future.
Due to the preparatory work of SAF and the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network significant organisations including BHP, NBN Co, Trustwave (an Optus Company), Telstra, Box Hill Institute, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne have committed to the partnership, and more partners are expected to join.
The Hon. Josh Frydenberg discussing with students