| AAP Newswire | National, Australia |By Danny Rose |
MELBOURNE, Aug 6 AAP – Students in Australia’s first “P-Tech” schools will go on to have a better future like their counterparts in the US. The nation’s first Pathways in Technology Early Career High schools, which are based in low socioeconomic areas to foster new ties between industry and education, will be in Geelong and Ballarat.
Funding for the roll-out in Geelong on Thursday has been announced the the government, saying the schools would mirror a Pathways in Technology college visited on a recent US tour.
“I went to visit what’s called a a P-Tech school in Brooklyn … which is a very tough part of town,” Mr
Abbott told reporters. “But because of the integration of business into the education system, kids who might have ended up without much of a future were going on to to get jobs with some of the world’s greatest companies.”
The prime minister also announced $14 million to open a new Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre at Deakin University, and a further $1.3 million for regional job seeker support programs.
He said this would further support the Geelong region as it transitioned from smoke stack industries to
advanced manufacturing and higher education.