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. Professionals with strong data management and analytic skills are in demand and this demand is projected to increase exponentially in the future.
Introduced in July 2019, the Northern Brisbane P-TECH partnership focuses on the integration of technology in the emergent sector of digital and data analytics.
Aligned with skill demands identified by our industry partners, the P-TECH pathways allow students at Aviation State High School to develop specific skills and knowledge that will equip them for a STEM-related career in their chosen industry. In collaboration with our industry partners, teachers will facilitate an engaging and innovative learning environment where students will interact with a range of technologies through discovery and project based learning.
The digital analytics P-TECH pathway also develops general skills such as critical and creative thinking that enable students to adapt to, and satisfy, the demands of an ever-changing work environment. In addition, the development of strong communication and presentation skills will prepare students to present clear ideas and important business decisions to a variety of audiences.
There are three industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program in Northern Brisbane: Airbus, Brisbane Airport Corporation and PwC.
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.
Industry Partner Overview
PwC – Professional Services organization focusing on quality assurance, advisory and tax services
- Global organization in 157 countries (223,000 employees)
- In Australia there is 7,000 employees
- 700 employees in Brisbane office 1/3 Assurance (internal and external audits), 1/3 Tax – deals and financial advisory, 1/3 Private client practice (consulting) – data analytics, technology projects, strategy/management consulting
Brisbane Airport Corporation – 420 businesses
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), the operator of Brisbane Airport (BNE), is a proud, private, non-listed Queensland company, helping employ thousands of Queenslanders and creating economic opportunities for the state and city of Brisbane equating to more than $4 billion annually. BAC acquired BNE from the Federal Government under a 50-year lease (with an option to renew for a further 49 years) for $1.4 billion in 1997.
It is a suburb in its own right, the largest airport in Australia by land size (2700 hectares) and the third largest airport in Australia by passenger numbers with more than 22 million passengers travelling through the airport in FY15.
Currently 420 businesses are located at BNE, servicing a diverse range of industries offering services such as freight and aircraft handling, warehousing, transport and communications, manufacturing, research, property and infrastructure development, education and training, recreation, tourism, leisure and retail.
Collectively these businesses employ around 20,500 people, a number expected to exceed 50,000 (the size of a regional town) by 2029.
Airbus Australia – aerospace and defence services
Airbus Group Australia Pacific is a part of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defence related services whose companies include Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space.
Wholly owned by Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Group Australia Pacific represents Airbus Group in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and is the region’s largest helicopter manufacturer, employing more than 1700 people across 20 sites in Australia and New Zealand.
With the largest market share in civilian and military helicopters, the company supports more than 500 Airbus Helicopters and is well recognised as a leading Through-Life-Support provider in military fixed wing and helicopter platforms in both Australia and New Zealand