| 13 August 2015 | psnews.com.au |
Newcomb Secondary College and Ballarat’s Federation College have been selected as the pilot sites for next year’s trial of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Model.
Supported by Federal Government funding and IBM’s expertise, the P-TECH School Program will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and will partner with local firms to provide vocational pathways into work for students.
Federal Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham (pictured) said the Model would better prepare students to enter the workforce.
“STEM subjects are critical to occupations where we have skills shortages,” Senator Birmingham said.
He said the Federal Government had committed to trialling the innovative P-TECH Model from 2016.
Senator Birmingham said IBM’s contribution to the Pilot Program included online support, resources that had been developed to assist schools and businesses implement the P-TECH Model, and an Impact Grant of $250,000 to support the introduction of P-TECH to Australia.
He said the Federal Government had allocated $500,000 to each College towards adopting and adapting the P-TECH Model in 2016.
“The Government is working closely with IBM and the Skilling Australia Foundation to implement a P-TECH Pilot that is suitable for the Australian context,” Senator Birmingham said.
“The P-TECH-styled Pilot represents an excellent opportunity to further strengthen connections between education and industry to support young people to make a successful transition from school to work.”
He said that with help from qualified industry mentors, students would be on a pathway to achieve a STEM-related Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree.