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9 NSW MINISTER FOR Skills and Tertiary Education, the Hon Geoff Lee MP, has joined IBM representatives to announce the launch of the Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) program at three high schools on the Central Coast in 2021. Launching at Henry Kendall High School, Kariong Mountains High School and Tumbi Umbi campus of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, the P-TECH program aims to prepare students for technology-related careers through structured workplace expe- riences and industry skills development with industry partners. These include indus- try mentoring, worksite visits, paid intern- ships and first–in–line for job consideration with industry partners upon completion of the P-TECH programme. Australia and many other countries are experiencing a shortage of ICT and STEM skills as a result of industries being reshaped by rapid technology developments in Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, data science, cloud computing and cybersecurity. Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, welcomed the P-TECH pro- gramme as an innovative collaboration between industry and schools. “P-TECH strengthens the connection between student learning and the skills that employers need. It improves young people’s prospects of employment,”Mr Lee said. “We recognise the importance of industry-school partnership models. Since late 2018, another successful initiative, the Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) program, has created over 44,000 opportunities for students across NSW to engage with over 900 employers and industry partners.” IBM Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Katrina Troughton, said “We are excited to partner with the NSW Government, local schools, businesses and education institutions to address current youth unemployment and create an industry talent pipeline with the digital skills that are in high and growing demand in industry. “Schools, education organisations and industry partners are working together as part of the P-TECH model, enabling students to earn relevant post-secondary qualifications that connect to competitive entry-level careers, as well as develop the academic, technical and professional skills IBM, local companies partner with Central Coast high schools to Launch P-TECH Programme B U S I N E S S N E W S NEW PATIENTS Comprehensive checkup & clean Includes up to 5 x-rays No Gap (with health insurance) or $290 OFFERS (all patients) Free orthodontic consultation Free dental implant consultation Free cosmetic makeover consultation FINANCE We bulk bill the Medicare CDBS Zip Pay & Zip Money payment plans We partner with SuperCare General Dentistry | Emergency Care | Cosmetic Dentistry Orthodontics & Invisalign | Sleep Dentistry IV Sedation | Oral Surgery Wisdom Teeth Removal | Dental Implants | 3D CT Scanning 02 4323 1933 | Suite 10, 36-40 Victoria Street, East Gosford NSW 2250 OPEN 7 DAYS 40 YEARS LOCAL Ptech students from Kariong Mountains High School working on their engineering metal trades project at Crossmuller -- such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication -- required to compete in the 21st century economy.” To introduce them to the programme, more than 105 students in years 9 and 10, recently took part in P-TECH immer- sion activities which included virtual guest speakers from a range of industries, mentor- ing sessions, and online workshops focused on professional skills such as communica- tion, collaboration and leadership. A number of students also took part in regular work experience with local com- pany Crossmuller. IBM has partnered with stakeholders including: • University of Newcastle, • Central Coast Industry Connect, • North Building & Construction, • Crossmuller, and • Central Coast Council It is expected that face to face mentoring and industry site visits will commence next year, when COVID safe. CENTRAL COAST BUSINESS REVIEW DECEMBER 2020