Bringing industry directly to the classroom is the only way to ensure the skills required by employers are being offered to students.
Andrew Sezonov, General Manager of the Skilling Australia Foundation, told a meeting of the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership Steering Committee, more needs to be done across Australia to ensure students graduating from high school, TAFEs and tertiary institutions have the skills that match employers’ needs.
Mr Sezonov was in Adelaide today to chair the final steering committee meeting for 2018. St Patrick’s Technical College, in Edinburgh North, was one of 14 sites across Australia to pilot the innovative P-TECH model in a bid to better align student outcomes with employer demands.
Today’s meeting involved representatives from St Patrick’s Technical College, Catholic Education South Australia, TAFE SA, the Federal Department of Education, Defence Teaming Centre, Saab Australia, Century Engineering, PMB Defence and DXC Technology.
“The Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership has excelled the benchmark in terms of collaboration and establishing true industry partnerships,’’ Mr Sezonov said.
“I congratulate all the partners involved for their commitment to the program and I hope to see the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnerships continue on through 2019.’’
The meeting also saw Mr Sezonov hand over the reigns as chairman for the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership to StPatsTech STEM Faculty Manager Brad Sheridan.
Mr Sheridan said the partners were looking forward to continuing the P-TECH Partnership in 2019 and providing students with strong industry connections with Century Engineering, PMB Defence, Saab Australia and DXC Technology.
The StPatsTech P-TECH Australia model is offered in Electrotechnology, Information Technology and Engineering.
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