P-TECH pilot scheme launched at Seville Grove school

Student Mutinta Nangongwe, Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham and Cecil Andrews College Principal Stella Jinman.
Student Mutinta Nangongwe, Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham and Cecil Andrews College Principal Stella Jinman.

LOCAL students are set to be the first in WA to take part in a new model of school and industry collaboration.

The Southern Perth Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot scheme has been launched at Cecil Andrews College in Seville Grove, and it’s set to give teens real-world skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“By forging partnerships between local employers and schools, we’re helping the next generation build the vital skills they need for the jobs of the future,” Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said.

“It will also provide a talent pipeline for employers as Western Australia transitions away from the mining boom to a knowledge and skills-based economy.”

Students involved in the P-TECH pilot will be on an industry-supported pathway to complete their WA Certificate of Education and then continue their studies to gain a STEM-related diploma, advanced diploma or degree.

Austal, Civmec, Datacom and Thales are now on board as industry partners, with Deloitte, HP, South Metropolitan TAFE and the WA Department of Education also supporting the initiative.