The P-TECH pilot involves the establishment of long-term partnerships between industry, schools and tertiary education providers that enable businesses to play an active role in the learning and career development of their future workforce. This includes mentoring and providing pathways from school to further education, training and employment, including opportunities for employment with the school’s industry partners.
The P-TECH model features opportunities for students to connect and build relationships with industry partners, and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences will help students to make informed decisions about their future careers and pathways.
In February 2016, the first two P-TECH pilot sites commenced in Geelong (Newcomb Secondary College) and Ballarat (Federation College) in Victoria.
In May 2016, the Government announced an expansion of the P-TECH pilot from two to thirteen sites across Australia.
In February 2017, five P-TECH sites commenced in: Central Coast, New South Wales (Wyong High School); Northern Adelaide, South Australia (St Patrick’s Technical College); Port Stephens, New South Wales (Hunter River High School); Southern Perth, Western Australia (Cecil Andrews College); and Western Sydney, New South Wales (McCarthy Catholic College).
In 2018, three P-TECH sites commenced in: North Queensland (Tec-NQ), Top End, Northern Territory (Casuarina Senior College) and Greater Burnie, Tasmania – this partnership involves Burnie High School, Parklands High School, Yolla District High School and Hellyer College.
The location of the three remaining pilot sites is being determined in consultation with education and industry stakeholders.
Across Australia, over 50 major employers, industry bodies and tertiary education partners are involved in local P-TECH partnerships, with more signing up as the pilot rolls out.