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 February 2017, the Northern Adelaide P-TECH partnership focuses on three growth industries in the region: Engineering, Electrotechnology and Information Technology. Aligned with regional skill demands, all P-TECH pathways allow St Patrick’s Technical College students to develop specific skills and knowledge that will equip them for a STEM related career in their chosen industry. All P-TECH pathways also teach general skills that enable students to adapt to an ever-changing work environment.
There are four industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program in Northern Adelaide: Century Engineering, PMB Defence, DXC Technology and Saab Australia. TAFE South Australia is the tertiary education partner involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications. Additional program supporters include Defence Teaming Centre, Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) and AiGroup. 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.