BANKSIA Grove students will become ‘cybersecurity smarter’ after their school joined a pilot technology program. Joseph Banks Secondary College joined the Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) program, which will base its northern Perth partnership at the school.
The program, managed by not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation, will enable students to work towards a post-secondary qualification in the cybersecurity field while completing their WACE studies. The Federal Government has provided $5.1 million for 13 school sites nationally.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter visited the school recently to launch the local partnership. College principal Eleanor Hughes said students participating in PTECH would be able to make connections with employers and build skills that would open doors to a career in cyber security. “The support of our industry partners means students can be involved in authentic project based learning, both at school and in the workplace,” she said. Foundation general manager Andrew Sezonov said the pilot was opening the eyes of thousands of students to careers they may not have considered. “More than 75 per cent of Australia’s new and emerging industries demand solid STEM skills, and the cybersecurity sector is estimated to create 18,000 additional jobs by 2026,” he said. “This important program will help students to develop the skills needed for jobs of the future in local growth industries.”