The Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham was in Tasmania today to announce an new P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) school focusing on Advanced Manufacturing. Employers partners committed to the consortia include Elphinstone Group/William Adams Group who employs over 2,500 people in the region as well as engineering manufacturers Jayben Australia and Maltec Engineering. The model will be run in conjunction with 2 high schools, Burnie High School and Parklands High School.
This school will be one of 12 new Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilots as part of a $4.6 million commitment to open up new opportunities for young Australians to get the skills employers need. “Over 75 per cent of Australia’s new and emerging industries require solid STEM skills – and Advanced manufacturing is an important sector to invest in” Skilling Australia Chairman Frederick Maddern said. P-TECH is designed to address this.
The first 2 Australian pilots in Geelong and Ballarat commenced in January 2016 and have attracted strong interest from local students wanting to explore meaningful and relevant career pathways. These initial sites are supported by employer partners in Geelong and Ballarat including IBM (a founding partner), Barwon Health, GMHBA, Bendigo Bank, Opteon and Tribal Campus. Other Australian schools have been announced this month include Western Sydney, the NSW Central Coast, Newcastle, Queensland and in Western Australia.
For more information on P-TECH in Australia visit: www.ptech.org.au