Pathways in Technology (P-TECH)

The P-TECH model is a collaboration between education, industry and community to provide an industry supported pathway for young people to strengthen their employment prospects.

P-TECH offers Year 9 students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate an industry supported pathway to a diploma, advanced diploma or degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Students involved in P-TECH will study regular secondary school subjects while also undertaking an advanced STEM learning program with support from industry partners.

Students have the opportunity to continue their study at the tertiary level or pursue employment in a STEM-related field, including job opportunities with the school’s industry partners.

P-TECH is being piloted in 12 schools across Australia, including Wyong High School and Hunter River High School on the Central Coast.

The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle (UON) is part of the Steering Committee and is commencing a participatory guided learning activity with volunteering students.

Sixty students will participate in the project across a term, which will aim to address a school-based problem identified by the students.

The project has a research alignment component with it for CEEHE to explore how industry involvement through participatory educational practices might facilitate stronger opportunities in higher education and the labour market for students from marginalised backgrounds.

This research will also explore the interests, concerns, strategies and actions produced through a participatory pedagogical approach during the pilot phase of P-TECH implementation at the two Central Coast high schools.