Industry and Skills minister David Pisoni says the government will invest $200 million to help create more than 20,000 apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years to give more people on-the-job training and experience.
“Programs like P-TECH will help us achieve that because it’s connecting education with industry,” he says.
The Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership is one of 14 programs across Australia to offer high school students an industry-supported pathway to a qualification related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students at St Patrick’s Technical College work at program partners Century Engineering, SAAB Australia and PMB Defence to develop specific skills and knowledge to work in those industries, while TAFE SA provides pathways to postschool qualifications.
The program is supported by the Federal Government, with the Skilling Australia Foundation helping local stakeholders to work together to implement the learning programs. PMB Defence chief executive Stephen Faulkner says it is important the defence industry works together to raise awareness and provide learning opportunities to jobseekers to combat a skills shortage in the sector.
“When you’re learning about something that is industry-related, it gives you a real purpose in what you’re doing,” Faulkner says.
“Hopefully some kids will be inspired to come and work at PMB Defence and the defence industry here in general, because there are going to be a lot of job opportunities coming through.”