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 July 2019, the Melbourne P-TECH partnership is focused on Cyber Security, a fast-growing sector in Australia employing an estimated 19,500 people and requiring an estimated additional 18,000 workers by 2026 to meet the future skill and job demands. The P-TECH program established at Camberwell High School enables students to develop specific skills and knowledge that will equip them for a STEM related career together with work-ready skills to adapt to an ever-changing work environment.
There are four industry partners involved: BHP, Trustwave, an Optus Company, NBN Co and Telstra. Tertiary education partners involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications are: Box Hill Institute, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Melbourne.
Additional program supporters include: AustCyber – Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd, Australian Government Department of Education and Department of Education and Training Victoria.
BHP is a world-leading resources company with more than 72,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas and products sold worldwide. BHP global headquarters are in Melbourne and their corporate purpose is to bring people and resources together to build a better world. The BHP Innovation Centre is pulling the future forward by identifying new technologies and developing products and services that integrate data and equipment and that are not just limited to resources or restricted by geography.
NBN Co was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s wholesale broadband access network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost. To achieve this objective, nbn has been structured as a wholesale-only, open-access broadband network. nbn provides services on its local access network on equivalent terms to retail phone and internet providers, to provision for end-user needs. This is intended to level the playing field in Australian telecommunications, creating real and vibrant competition within the industry and providing choice for consumers.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. In Australia Telstra provide 18.3 million retail mobile services, 3.7 million retail fixed bundles and standalone data services and 1.4 million retail fixed standalone voice services. Telstra’s purpose is to build a connected future so everyone can thrive building technology and content solutions that are simple and easy to use, including Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network. Telstra offer a choice of not just digital connection but digital content as well and have an international presence spanning over 20 countries.
Trustwave, an Optus company is a leading cybersecurity and managed security services provider that helps businesses fight cybercrime, protect data and reduce security risk. Offering a comprehensive portfolio of managed security services, consulting and professional services, and data protection technology. Trustwave helps businesses embrace digital transformation securely. Trustwave is a Singtel company and the global security arm of Singtel, Optus and NCS, with customers in 96 countries.
Box Hill Institute (BHI) is one of Australia’s leading vocational and higher education providers, offering certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, and postgraduate qualifications. It is one of Victoria’s largest training providers with over 460 courses and more than 45,000 enrolments across secondary, vocational education and training, higher education and industry sectors. BHI takes great pride in its ability to successfully deliver a broad range of quality vocational education and training services locally and internationally. BHI is home to Specialist Centres and Centres for Excellence delivering the highest standards of industry focused training solutions and a leader in delivering cyber security courses with a purpose built Cyber Security Operations Centre.
Swinburne University of Technology Cybersecurity Lab encompasses all facets of data security. It is engaged in researching and developing technologies to protect our current and future information systems and networks. These range from technologies that secure an individual’s information to those that safeguard critical infrastructure. Swinburne are driving major research in cyber security and providing the thought leadership and knowledge required to protect society from cyberattacks on all levels: individuals, businesses and at national and international levels. The Cybersecurity Lab is tackling the technological vulnerabilities of today and attempting to predict those of the future. Swinburne’s research and development provides robust authentication and identification in uncontrolled environments with pervasive devices and limited special infrastructure. Ensuring information privacy, integrity and robustness to users of information and communication technology.
The University of Melbourne established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching, and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). In 2017, the Commonwealth Government selected the University of Melbourne as one of Australia’s first two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE). The Centres are a key pillar in leading Commonwealth efforts to build the cybersecurity expertise and job-ready skills needed by Australian industries. The University of Melbourne ACCSE provides a focal point for research and training relating to cybersecurity. The research focus of the Centre includes using AI and machine learning to detect attacks in large, complex systems, using formal methods to design platforms that are resilient to attack, designing robust controllers for critical infrastructure, and providing a legal framework for the privacy and governance of public data. The Centre is also a driver to increase collaboration across industry and the community to improve cybersecurity.