29/10/2019 | Joseph Banks Secondary College students will become ‘Cybersecurity Smarter’ and be prepared for the cyber jobs of the future as a result of joining the innovative Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot program, it was announced today.
The Commonwealth Attorney-General (and Member for Pearce) The Hon. Christian Porter MP visited Joseph Banks Secondary College to announce that the Northern Perth P-TECH Partnership would be based at the school.
The P-TECH pilot program will give Joseph Banks Secondary College students the ability to work towards a post-secondary qualification in the cybersecurity field whilst completing their WACE studies.
The P-TECH pilot program is managed by the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation (SAF), with funding support from the Commonwealth Government.
P-TECH pilot schools have been operating across Australia since 2016, boosting student awareness about the career pathways which are enabled through the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines through the delivery of innovative experiential learning programs.
General Manager of the Foundation, Andrew Sezonov, congratulated the school on the announcement: “It is fantastic Joseph Banks Secondary College 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 Joseph Banks Secondary students to work closely with local businesses to bridge the STEM skills gap.”
At the announcement, the Attorney-General 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, Asterisk Information Security, Diamond Cyber, Trustwave (an Optus company), Kinetic IT and North Metropolitan TAFE have committed to the partnership, with additional partners expected to join as the pilot progresses (Camberwell High School, in Melbourne’s east, is the other ‘cybersecurity smart’ school).
Joseph Banks Secondary College’s ‘Cybersecurity Smarter’ P-TECH Partnership will see it join a network of 13 P-TECH school partnerships across Australia, involving over 80 industry and educational partners.
“The breadth of the P-TECH partners ensures P-TECH students are exposed to a diverse learning program” said Sezonov. “This ensures no one company, or agenda can dominate the program.”
“More than 3,400 students are taking part in P-TECH programs across Australia. The Partnerships allows these schools to specialise and become a Centre of Excellence in their chosen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pathway.”
“The P-TECH Australia program is playing a crucial role in preparing the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow.”
“More than 75 per cent of Australia’s new and emerging industries demand solid STEM skills, and the cybersecurity sector is estimated to create 18,000 additional jobs by 2026”.
The Attorney-General Christian Porter and Joseph Banks Secondary College’s Principal Eleanor Hughes discussing the students’ career pathway opportunities.