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 January 2018, the Top End P-TECH partnership focuses on building Casuarina Senior College (Darwin) students’ STEM and job-ready general skills to prepare them for the jobs of the future in the Defence Maritime Sustainment and Energy/Renewables industries – both growth industries in the Darwin region.
P-TECH also focuses on developing students’ enterprise skills, which enable young people to confront the challenges of change and navigate the workforce of the 21st century. Enterprise skills include: problem solving, communication skills, digital literacy, presentation skills, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork.
The Top End P-TECH partnership focuses on encouraging and supporting young people who are high achievers as well as those from groups under-represented in STEM, such as Indigenous young people, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and women.
The industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program at Casuarina Senior College include: Norship Marine, Austal, Thales Group, Royal Australian Navy, Territory Generation, Energy Club NT and NT Power Water Corporation.
Tertiary institutions and registered training organisations will be involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications, including Charles Darwin University.
Additional program supporters include: City of Darwin, Innovation Hub, and Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.