City of Greater Geelong Community Update – October, 2018: The City is one of a number of locally-based employers working with Newcomb Secondary College to deliver an innovative skills- based program that aims to equip students with the skills they need for the future.
The P-TECH partnership that commenced in Geelong in 2016 provides young people with in-demand qualifications and the soft-skills that mentorship and industry placement offer.
The model, which sees Newcomb Secondary College, industry and the higher education sector working together, has continued to gain momentum. It can be adapted across any industry, but with a staggering 75 per cent of the fastest- growing occupations requiring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, the program focuses on equipping students with STEM capabilities.
There is enormous interest from other schools, with educators wanting to know about the key successes as well as the challenges faced in establishing the partnership. Next month the school welcomes a New Zealand delegation wanting to know more ahead of adopting the model in the future.
Jeremie, who is in year 10 at Newcomb Secondary College, started a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology this year and has developed many skills working alongside his mentor at the City, Dwight Faulkner. Dwight has focused on teaching Jeremie about the importance of customer service in the delivery of IT projects.
Jeremie isn’t the only one learning – with Dwight commenting that the role of industry mentor has provided him with a great opportunity to develop his teaching skills, and learn to adapt sessions to suit Jeremie’s interests.
Newcomb Secondary College Principal Phil Honeywell says the program has offered a valuable addition to the curriculum.
“When our young people participate in the P-TECH program, they learn a combination of industry qualifications and the soft skills needed in the wider world, including problem-solving abilities, communication skills and the ability to work in a team.
“We can’t achieve these terrific outcomes without breaking down the silos between different sectors and working together to ensure that our region’s young people have a bright social and economic future.”
To learn more about P-TECH and the organisations participating in Geelong, visit www.newcombsc.vic.edu.au
The P-TECH partnership is contributing to a clever and creative future.