Based on the key elements of the P-TECH model, the P-TECH styled learning program at McCarthy Catholic College in Emu Plains, Western Sydney is being designed by the school’s leadership team and local education, industry and community partners to suit local circumstances.
In the P-TECH model, local employers partner with schools, TAFEs/RTOs and universities to strengthen students’ prospects of a successful transition to work by ensuring they develop the technical and personal skills employers are looking for.
In January 2017, McCarthy Catholic College introduced a range of activities to build student awareness of STEM related careers and associated education and training pathways. These activities were focused on generating student interest in pursuing an industry supported pathway to achieve a post-school qualification in Information Technology—an area of growing local employment demand. To achieve this goal, the college is working collaboratively with other education and training providers and global professional services leader PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC), and Telstra.
To prepare its students for the world beyond school, all Year 9 students at McCarthy Catholic College (over 100 in total), commenced a P-TECH immersion program in 2017, and are taking part in a range of industry supported learning experiences that will extend their education beyond the classroom.
This includes opportunities to connect and build relationships with industry partners, and engage in hands-on, project-based activities, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences will help students to better understand the relevance of their learning and how it can be applied in the workplace.
In future years, and with support from industry partners and industry mentors, students will have the opportunity to pursue formal STEM training as part of a nationally recognised VET qualification, while also undertaking their Higher School Certificate (HSC). With ongoing support from their industry mentor, and established connections with the school’s industry partners, P-TECH students will have the opportunity to extend their study beyond secondary school, and transition to a post-secondary education institution to achieve a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
Participating in the P-TECH styled learning program will build student interest and skills in STEM, and raise awareness of the breadth and depth of STEM related training and employment pathways that are locally available. The program will be structured to develop the technical and personal skills students need to succeed at school and make a successful transition to further study and work beyond school.
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In the media
‘Curiosity – the key to a career in technology’
| Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta | 21st February 2018 |
‘STEM pathways to Success in the 21st Century Workplace’
| Huffpost, online | 24th November 2017 |
PwC partners with McCarthy Catholic College for Sydney’s first #P-TECH Pilot
AUSTRALIA – PwC has today been announced as the first employer partner for a new Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) style pilot at McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains.
The P-TECH model is a partnership between schools, industry and the community to provide pathways for more young people to achieve qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to strengthen their employment prospects.
Senior students who are involved in the P-TECH style pilot will be on a pathway to achieve two qualifications: their Secondary School Certificate and a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
As an employer partner, PwC will provide support to the pilot through:
- participating in the steering committee;
- supporting program and curriculum design;
- mentoring and learning support;
- workplace visits; and
- promoting job opportunities
PwC National Skills Leader Sara Caplan is a strong and passionate advocate for the STEM agenda and skills based learning and said industry buy-in is critical to the success of the pilot.