P-TECH enables industry, education and community to collaborate to provide students with industry-supported pathways to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related qualifications and local employment opportunities.
Introduced in February 2017, the Central Coast P-TECH partnership focuses on two growth industries in the region: Food Science and Technology, and Information, Digital Media and Technology.
Aligned with regional skill demands, both P-TECH pathways allow Wyong High School students to develop specific skills and knowledge that will equip them for a STEM-related career in their chosen industry.
All P-TECH pathways also teach general skills that enable students to adapt to an ever-changing work environment.
University of Newcastle is the tertiary education partner involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications.
Additional program supporters include: Central Coast Council, Central Coast Industry Connect Group and Regional Development Australia Central Coast.
Collaboration between education and industry aligns student learning with skills that local employers need. In addition, students develop relationships with industry, which improves their employment prospects.