Educating Australia's next generation of cyber security experts

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Member for Kooyong

Victorian high school students will develop their cyber security skills through a unique Government-funded program that gives them a head start in one of the nation’s fastest growing job markets.

Camberwell High School in Melbourne will receive funding to host an advanced STEM learning program focused on cyber security, as part of the Morrison Government’s $5.1 million Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot program.

The P-TECH program offers secondary school students an industry-supported pathway to a STEM related post-school qualification.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was investing in preparing Australian students for the jobs of the future.

"Encouraging a generation of Australian cyber security professionals is good for our national security, good for the economy and good for the young Australians who pursue careers in this area," Mr Tehan said.

"This program will help young people to develop the skills they need for the jobs of the future while giving them direct access to the businesses that are operating at the cutting-edge of this technology.

"A key element of our Government’s $230 million investment through our Cyber Security Strategy is to ensure we have highly-skilled and capable people working in the industry."

Member for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg said the cyber security sector was expected to create an additional 18,000 jobs by 2026.

"Camberwell High School students will be offered mentoring, work experience and practical training to improve their cyber security skills," Mr Frydenberg said.

"Students will have the option to continue their study at the tertiary level or pursue employment in a cyber security related field, including job opportunities with industry partners."

Camberwell High School principal Jillian Laughlin said the industry partners would work closely with teachers to guide students through STEM projects and problem solving exercises.

"Our students are excited to extend their learning beyond the classroom and to build skills and connections that will help them in their future careers," Ms Laughlin said.

AustCyber CEO Michelle Price said: "It is great to see the variety of industry partners supporting this initiative. All types and sizes of Australian employers need access to cyber security talent. The partnership at the cyber security P-TECH site shows that a career in cyber security could take you literally anywhere."

Industry and education partners include:

  •  BHP
  •  Trustwave, an Optus company
  •  NBN Co
  •  Telstra
  •  Box Hill Institute
  •  Swinburne University of Technology, and
  •  University of Melbourne.

For more information about the P-TECH pilot, visit https://www.education.gov.au/pathways-in-technology-p-tech-pilot.

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