Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) | Department of Education

P-TECH offers secondary students an industry-supported education pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. Students then have the option to continue their study at the tertiary level or pursue employment in a STEM field, including job opportunities with the school’s industry partners.

On 30 May 2016, the Government announced a $4.6 million expansion of the P-TECH pilot at locations across Australia. This builds upon the $0.5 million investment in two P-TECH schools currently operating in Victoria at Newcomb Secondary College, Geelong and Federation College, Ballarat.

The expanded pilot will enable the Government to test and adapt the P-TECH model in different jurisdictions and school systems, and provide a catalyst for greater industry engagement with schools. The expanded P-TECH pilot includes the following sites:

P-TECH partnership name School Location
Central Coast Wyong High School New South Wales
Port Stephens Hunter River High School New South Wales
Western Sydney McCarthy Catholic College New South Wales
Northern Adelaide St Patrick’s Technical College South Australia
Southern Perth Cecil Andrews College Western Australia
Northern Perth Joseph Banks Secondary College Western Australia
North Queensland Tec-NQ Queensland
Northern Brisbane Aviation High School Queensland
Greater Burnie Combined P-TECH at:

Burnie High School

Parklands High School

Yolla District High School

Hellyer College

Top End Casuarina Senior College Northern Territory
Melbourne Camberwell High School Victoria

Local education and industry partners involved in the pilot are working together to design and deliver P-TECH learning programs suited to local circumstances.

The P-TECH pilot involves establishing long-term partnerships between industry, schools, and tertiary education providers that enable businesses to play an active role in the learning and career development of their future workforce.

This includes mentoring and providing pathways from school to further education, training, and employment, including opportunities for employment with the school’s industry partners.

The P-TECH model features opportunities for students to connect and build relationships with industry partners, and engage in hands-on, project-based learning, both at school and in the workplace. These experiences will help students to make informed decisions about their future careers and pathways.

The Australian Government is working with the Skilling Australia Foundation to expand the Australian P-TECH pilot.

Want to know more?

More information is available on the P-TECH website, by contacting the Skilling Australia Foundation at info@saf.org.au or 1300 096 120, or by emailing the Department at ptech@education.gov.au. An evaluation of the P-TECH pilot is now available.


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