first P-Tech school will be opened within Newcomb Secondary College, with the
objective of getting more kids into careers in maths, science, technology and
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in Geelong to make
the announcement today along with a $14 million cash splash to open a new
Industry Growth Centre in Advanced Manufacturing at Deakin University. Mr
Abbott said the advanced manufacturing centre would help link local businesses
with global companies and look at ways to give Australia a technological edge
to make the sector more competitive. “The plan will identify jobs and skills
needs, provide a pipeline of innovations ready to commercialise, and consider
areas for reforming regulation, manufacturing transformation and growth,” he said.
“It’s trying to ensure that Geelong goes from being a declining manufacturing
centre to an advancing manufacturing centre.”
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson said the centre
would send a signal to Australia that Geelong was at the forefront of advanced manufacturing.
“This is a very exciting initiative for jobs and advanced manufacturing,” she
“This is really
going to ensure that we can say to the nation, not just our region, that we are
a very important centre of advanced manufacturing and going from strength to
The PM’s visit also
coincides with the announcement that Newcomb Secondary will be the home of
Australia’s first P-Tech school. The model, which has been successful in the
United States, will encourage businesses to take a more hands-on role in
schools to mentor students and steer them towards careers in science,
technology, engineering and maths. Mr Abbott said it was another step to “help
galvanise the transition from old to new manufacturing”.
“We want youngsters
to come out of school not only well versed in science, technology, engineering
and maths but really excited about them,” he said. “No one should think that an
apprenticeship for instance in electronics or an apprenticeship in mechanical
engineering is second best, that can often be a first best option for people
and that’s what I hope this school will help to do.”
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