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New P-TECH Education Model for Pilot in Ballarat

06 Aug 2015

A key focus area identified by members for Committee is to promote greater collaboration between the education and industry sectors to align educational outcomes to meet business needs.

In recent months, Committee has been working with representatives from the Department of Education and Training (Federal and State), IBM, Federation College and Skilling Australia Foundation in progressing the introduction of a P-TECH pilot program based on the successful IBM model in the US.

We are pleased to advise members that the federal and state governments today formally announced approval of the introduction of the P-TECH pilot program at both Ballarat and Geelong, which will see collaborative partnerships between education and industry established to deliver learning experiences that would not be possible where schools, or business, acted in isolation. Federation College, Ballarat, has been selected as one of two P-TECH schools in Australia. We look forward to working closely with Shirley Fraser and Eliza Lane (Federation College) enlisting the support and expertise of local industry to help prepare students for the world beyond school at a time in their lives when they are making decisions that will influence their career path.

P-TECH provides particular focus on supporting disadvantaged young people in the secondary education sector (year 9 and above) to achieve post-school qualification and make a successful transition from school to work. Attached for your information is a document developed by the Skilling Australia Foundation, in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, to enable informed conversations between local education, industry and community stakeholders.

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