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Geelong P-TECH Students See #STEM In Action

Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:12 Published in Latest WPC Group News


Students from Newcomb Secondary Collage participating in the Geelong P-TECH pilot visited Tribal Campus HQ and Opteon in Geelong this week.
The year 9 students who are studying regular high school subjects such as english, science, and mathematics as well as undertaking a STEM learning program, got to see first hand how the world of work is relevant to their classroom based learning.  The P-TECH program will match each student with an industry mentor for the duration of the program as well as offer an innovative approach to the way curriculum is delivered.

The Australian Federal Government is supporting the development of P-TECH, with one pilot school launched in Geelong and another in Ballarat with employer partner IBM.  Both programs commenced in January this year.
The students were greeted at Tribal Campus by the Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson. Ms Henderson congratulated students and teachers on joining one of the first P-TECH STEM (Pathways in Technology) schools in Australia.
The students will also be making industry visits to other P-TECH employer partners in the coming weeks including Barwon Health, Bendigo Bank and GMHBA.

For more information on the program or the partners, visit the website at www.ptech.org.au

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Set Course For Better Career #Apprenticeships

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 09:35 Published in Latest WPC Group News


Weekend Australian, Australia. 02 Apr 2016, by Verity Edwards.

Vocational education can help you keep your job or find a much better one

Workforce skills expert Nicholas Wyman stresses the importance of continuing education, particularly for people who want to move onwards and upwards or who are considering a career change. Wyman, chief executive of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, has released a book offering advice on finding the right job and taking the right path, whether it be through vocational education, an apprenticeship or university.

His book, Job U, offers advice on how to find a job while unemployment is high and industries including manufacturing and mining are declining. While his book focuses on vocational education and upskilling through short courses, Wyman does not discount university or white-collar careers, and says the world is moving away from onesize- fits-all education and towards customised learning. “What’s not going well is that
our systems are very traditional,” Wyman says. “We have a classroom with a talking head … but people like to learn in different ways and the system doesn’t cater for that. If you try to get someone to do that and they don’t enjoy it, they’re not going to move forward.” Wyman says there is too much of a push for high school students to attend university and less encouragement to take up a trade or vocational education, which can
also lead to rewarding careers.




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