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 September 2017, the North Queensland P-TECH partnership focuses on the integration of technology in three growth industries in the region: Agriculture, Energy and Advanced Manufacturing.
Aligned with regional skill demands, all P-TECH pathways allow Tec-NQ students to develop specific skills and knowledge that will equip them for a STEM related career in their chosen industry.
There are three industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program in North Queensland: Wilmar Sugar, Ergon Energy and Growcom.
James Cook University and Tec-NQ are the education partners involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications.
Additional program supporters include: Queensland Health; Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business & Training; Queensland Department of Education; Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works; Queensland Agricultural Workforce Network; RDA North West Queensland; Queensland Resources Council; CSIRO; and CANEGROWERS Burdekin.
Collaboration between education and industry aligns student learning with skills that local employers need. In addition, students develop relationships with industry, which improves their employment prospects.