The Federal Government announced today that two Australian schools will pilot the P-TECH pathways education model in 2016. Skilling Australia Chairman, Frederick Maddern OBE said the announcement has come at a critical time for Australia. The country is experiencing the impact of globalisation, economic reforms and technological change. Mr Maddern said ‘these forces are changing the way we live, work and learn new skills’. In order to have young people entering the labour market with the capability to meet the growing demand for workers, Mr Maddern said ‘its time to ramp up our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) focus’.
At the models core is partnerships between schools and industry that will provide opportunities for students to engage with the world of work and better understand the relevance of their learning to jobs and post-school pathways.
Skilling Australia Foundations General Manager, Joanne Gedge has joined the government and other key stakeholders in a series of roundtable meetings to map out what P-TECH will look like in Australia in 2016. ‘One key feature of the US Model is companies agreeing to provide industry mentors and support to the students’ Ms Gedge said. This mentor relationship will allow students to engage with real world business people.
Students participating in the P-TECH pilot will study regular high school subjects such as English, science, and mathematics, while also undertaking an advanced STEM learning programme with support from the school’s industry partners. The P-TECH learning programme will match each student with an industry mentor for the duration of the programme and provide opportunities for students to connect their learning to real life applications.
The P-TECH model has the potential to be scaled up across Australia, in both metropolitan and regional areas. If your community, school or business would like to know more about P-TECH, please email the Skilling Australia Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
Skilling Australia Foundation has assisted the Australian Government in the preparation for the launch of P-TECH in 2016.