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 Northern Perth 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 Joseph Banks Secondary College 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.
The Partnership includes Asterisk Information Security, BHP, Diamond Cyber Security, Kinetic IT, Trustwave an Optus company and North Metropolitan TAFE.
Additional program supporters are Edith Cowan University, AustCyber – Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd, Australian Government Department of Education and The Department of Education Western Australia.
Asterisk Information Security
Asterisk Information Security is a specialist consultancy providing actionable advice and solutions to enhance information security and reduce business risk. The team at Asterisk has been involved in the information security industry for over 18 years. Their clients range from SME to large enterprises across a variety of sectors including government, mining and resources, critical infrastructure, finance, retail, healthcare and not-for-profit. Their services include management, assessment, architecture, infrastructure and education in information technology security. Asterisk are based in Perth CBD.
BHP is a world-leading resources company. They extract and process minerals, oil and gas, with more than 62,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas. Products are sold worldwide, with sales and marketing led through Singapore and Houston, United States. Their global headquarters are in Melbourne, with a large presence in Perth. In Western Australia BHP has a key focus on mining Iron Ore, Nickel and Petroleum. BHP also fully realise their ambitions, they must constantly work on developing and maintaining industry-leading capabilities that will take the Company’s unique portfolio to the next level. Technology and innovation are among the most critical of those capabilities.
Diamond Cyber Security
Located in West Perth, Diamond Cyber Security was founded by former founder of ISP provider iiNet and two Australian Special Forces personnel with the aim of providing the private sector with the discipline, governance, techniques and leadership in cyber security enjoyed by the Australian Defence Force; to Provide Security Through the Offensive Lens. Diamond Cyber provide services such as Cyber Risk Management, Penetration Testing, Digital Forensics & Incident Response, Managed Security Services and Cyber Awareness, Education & Training.
Kinetic IT began in 1995 and is one of Australia’s leading ICT managed services providers. Their team of over 1000 amazing people are located in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Their business focuses on delivering quality services to large and complex IT environments across Australia’s corporate, resources, utilities, government and transport sectors. Their core business is the operational management and support of our customers’ Information Communications and Technology (ICT) infrastructure. Kinetic IT partners with industry technology leaders to offer greater integration, scalability, affordability and modernisation to their customers. Key partners include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Computer Associates, Hewlett Packard, McAfee, Micro Focus, Microsoft and ServiceNow.
Trustwave, an Optus Company
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.
North Metropolitan TAFE
North Metropolitan TAFE offers over 350 courses to 30,000 students across 10 campuses in the greater north and north eastern metropolitan regions of Perth. Working closely with industry and employers, North Metropolitan TAFE uses its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. New courses in cyber security were introduced in 2018, which will allow the college to assist in meeting critical skills shortages in the ICT industry. We are proud to be a member of the Joondalup Learning Precinct (JLP) and share workforce capability opportunities with the City of Joondalup, ECU and the WA Police Academy.
Edith Cowan University
Established in 1991, ECU has grown rapidly into a quality university with excellent student satisfaction and internationally recognised research. ECU is committed to widening participation and breaking down barriers that restrict entry to education, and we are continuing our work on the enhancement and development of alternative entry pathways to higher education. ECU is an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Centre of Expertise in Security, and has been recognised by the Australian Federal Government as an Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE), and operates as the headquarters of the federally funded Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CyberSec CRC). They have three campuses across WA, with their largest located in Joondalup, which also houses the ECU Academic Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.