A new P-TECH school was announced on 20 June 2016 by Australia’s Education Minister Simon Birmingham at Cecil Andrews Senior High School. Employers and partners committed to the school include Austal Shipping Australia and a consortia of local employers.
‘It is great to see such a dynamic and high tech company joining the P-TECH Pathways in Technology STEM initiative that will open up a wide range of career path opportunities for young students in the region’ said Skilling Australia Foundation Chairman Fred Maddern OBE. Around 75% of Australia’s fastest growing industries require STEM skills, but unfortunately there is a gap between the needs of industry and the skills students are acquiring in traditional education models. He added ‘partnerships between schools and industry 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’.