"For example, we have committed funding to the expansion of the existing Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot, which is already operating at two sites in Ballarat and Geelong, as part of the broader strategy to improve Australia’s STEM capability. The expanded pilot will see an additional 12 P-TECH pilot sites established across Australia.
As many of you may know, the P-TECH model is based on a partnership between industry and education that offers students from the middle years of high school pathways to supported education to a STEM related diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.
Rather than a student go from school to university and undertake a three year full time degree, the student would do some vocational study at school, then work while studying in the VET sector and receive a qualification. The student could then go on to university (receiving credit for previous studies)." From speech to the Australian Council for Educational Research Conference, Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, 8 August 2016
This follows an earlier government discussion paper, which raised the issue of sub-bachelor programs. This could address a number of problems for the government with VET and university funding. It would also address problems for students of non-completion of programs and a lack of jobs even if they do complete.