The Top End P-TECH Australia partnership has had a busy end to the 2019 school year, visiting the Southern Perth P-TECH partnership site and watching 15 Casuarina Senior College students successfully complete 15 new work experiences with industry partners Royal Australian Navy, Power and Water, Territory Generation and NEC.
Casuarina Senior College (Darwin) Assistant Principal, Chris Harding, VET Coordinator Nikeeta O’Sullivan and Industry Liaison Officer Gail Power met with the leadership team at Cecil Andrews College (Southern Perth P-TECH Australia) to gain insights into how Cecil Andrews integrated their STEM Centre into P-TECH activities and school curriculum.
“Because Southern Perth P-TECH Australia focuses on similar industries to the Top End partnership like maritime and IT, it was a logical choice. It was also good to see how vibrant the P-TECH Australia program in Perth was and how students were fully integrated into their STEM learning because of their centre which was built in 2016”, said Chris Harding from CSC, “The Southern Perth partnership is about a year ahead of us in terms of the roll out of P-TECH at their College, so it was exciting to see where we could be in a year’s time. It also really helped us at Casuarina Senior College to start to solidify what we need for the refurbishment of our old VET facilities into a new $3million STEM/Make A Space facility.”
The team from Casuarina Senior College also toured the impressive Austal ship building facility in Perth, an industry partner for both the Perth and P-TECH Australia partnerships.
In addition, 15 Casuarina Senior College students spent a week on work experience at the end of Term 3, learning about life in the Defence/Maritime, Energy and IT industries. As a result, four Casuarina Senior College students have applied for apprenticeships with the organisations they worked with and are excited to build a pathway into growth industries in the NT.
“Spending the day on Ararat was incredible, I got to see how being on a ship works, and talked to people will different jobs and ranks. I really enjoyed the whole experience! Joining the ADF was something I always considered as a backup and was always more Army based, but this work experience has made me realise I would rather join the Navy and it could potentially be a career not just a backup option” says Jacinta Saynor, Casuarina Senior College, Year 10.