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 December 2016, the Southern Perth P-TECH partnership focuses on three growth industries in the region: Engineering, Information Technology and Business. Aligned with regional skill demands, the P-TECH pathways available at Cecil Andrews College allow 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 explore and develop 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 Southern Perth: Austal, Thales, Civmec and Datacom. South Metropolitan TAFE and Curtin University are the tertiary education partners involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications. Additional supporters include Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. 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.