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.
There are currently six industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program at Casuarina Senior College: Norship Marine, Austal, Thales Group, Royal Australian Navy, Territory Generation, 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, NT Energy Club, Innovation Hub, and Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.