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P-TECH Industry Launch

Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education & Training, will launch South Australia’s first P-TECH School in northern Adelaide as part of the Australian Government’s expansion of it’s innovation and science agenda.

St Patrick’s Technical College, in partnership with the Defence Teaming Centre, will become South Australia’s first P-TECH school in 2017, part of a $4.3 million initiative.

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The launch event will include a P-TECH Q&A panel presentation with representatives from the DTCSkilling Australia Foundation and Australia’s first P-TECH Pilot Schools in Geelong and Ballarat. Q&A panelists include:

> Jade Moffat – Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM Australia
> Steve Davies – Client Innovation Centre Lead, IBM Australia
> Kerryn Smith – Acting CEO, Defence Teaming Centre
> Janet Searle – Partnerships Manager, Skilling Australia Foundation

The P-TECH Industry Launch is your opportunity to learn more about this $4.3 million initiative, the benefits for local industry and how local employers can be directly involved from the very start of the program. The event is held in conjunction with St Patrick’s Technical College’s annual National Skills Week Business Lunch.

The first P-TECH school was established in the US by IBM in 2011 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, The City University of New York, and the New York City College of Technology. The first two Australian pilot sites in Ballarat and Geelong commenced in January 2016.