New pathways in technology pilot site in Banksia Grove

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The launch of a pathways in technology pilot site at Joseph Banks Secondary College means the college is the only cyber security focused P-TECH site in the metropolitan area.

A NEW STEM learning program at Joseph Banks Secondary College in Banksia Grove will help high school students in the metropolitan area start a career in cyber security.

The federal government is funding a pathways in technology (P-TECH) site at the college specialising in cyber security.

The P-TECH program offers secondary school students an industry supported pathway into a STEM related post-school qualification, including mentoring, work experience and practical training.

Joseph Banks Secondary College principal Eleanor Hughes said students participating in P-TECH would be able to make connections with employers and build skills that would open doors to a career in cyber security.

“The support of our industry partners means students can be involved in authentic project-based learning, both at school and in the workplace,” she said.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said demand for cyber security professionals was growing exponentially, bringing with it exciting new opportunities for young people.

“Through the P-Tech program, students at Joseph Banks Secondary College will be well placed to capitalise on this growing demand by developing the necessary skills and experience that they will need to find work in this critically important new field,” he said. “Some will want to go on and further expand their skills through tertiary study, while others will leave school ready and able to pursue employment opportunities in the cyber security sector, including with the school’s industry partners.”

Education Minister Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was providing $5.1 million to support 13 P-TECH pilot sites at schools across Australia.

“The P-TECH program gives students exposure to STEM-related industries by working with people from those industries,” he said.

“It creates a strong link between what students learn in a school and the skills they will need to succeed in their chosen career.

“Our government understands the importance of cyber security to our national interests, our economy and to protect our personal data.”

“Encouraging students to pursue careers in cyber security is further supported by the government’s $230m cyber security strategy.’’