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Top End P-TECH

A collaboration between Territory education, industry, local businesses and the community.

Darwin’s Casuarina Senior College is one of 14 Australian schools – and the only one in the Northern Territory – supported by the Australian Government to take part in a world-leading education model. 

Top End Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) develops students’ practical skills and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It creates career pathways to future jobs in industries identified as crucial to the economic growth of the Territory region and Australia. 

The Top End P-TECH partnership focuses on encouraging and supporting young people who are high achievers as well as those from groups under-represented in STEM, such as Aboriginal young people, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and women.

Key elements of the P-TECH model

  • Engaging and practical approaches to learning based on real industry issues and challenges
  • Mentoring and support from local businesses, industry visits and talks
  • Career pathways to employment, a VET qualification and/or higher education.

How Top End P-Tech works

Students enrolled in Top End P-TECH engage in real world industry challenges and projects requiring STEM-based solutions, with guidance from local business mentors. Along the way, students develop practical technical skills and knowledge, as well as enterprise skills, workplace visits, industry talks and work experience provide additional context and insights to round out students’ understanding of the world of work.

In return, local businesses gain an active role in the learning and career development of their future workforce, providing just-in-time input into class curriculum, and guidance and feedback to student projects, ensuring students develop the most relevant skills, creating a talent pipeline for their industry.

Students also have the option to enrol in a VET Delivered for Secondary Students qualification with a pathway to higher education or university.

Top End P-TECH partners

There are currently 6 industry partners involved in developing and implementing the P-TECH program at Casuarina Senior College: Norship Marine, Austal, Thales Group, NT Navy, Territory Generation, and Power Water Corporation.

Tertiary institutions and registered training organisations will be involved in supporting pathways to post-school qualifications, including Charles Darwin University.

Additional program supporters include: 

City of Darwin, NT Energy Club, Innovation Hub, and Department of Trade Business and Innovation.

What Pathways are available?

Top End P-TECH students at Casuarina Senior College have access to two exciting industry pathways.

Each of the pathways enables students to develop specific technical skills and knowledge for a broad range of STEM related careers in growth sectors important to the Northern Territory and Australia with skills and occupations projected to be in demand for at least the next 5 years.

Maritime Sustainment (Maintenance and Service)

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations
  • Certificate II in Engineering (Pathways)
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) skills set

Energy/Renewables and Emerging Technology

  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Certificate II in Engineering (Pathways)

All P-TECH pathways also focus on developingstudents’ enterprise skills. Enterprise skills enable young people to confront the challenges of change and navigate the workforce of the 21st century. 

Enterprise skills include: problem solvingcommunication skills, digital literacy, presentation skills, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork.

Top End P-TECH Links

P-TECH Website

Top End P-TECH Site Announced

Setting Sail for Work - Territory Q Magazine
‘P-TECH Courses Prepare Students for Occupations of the Future’- The Australian

Further Information


Gail Power
Top End P-TECH Industry Liaison Officer
8983 7337 


Casuarina Senior College builds a culture and environment where young adults are confident to take responsibility for their learning. This environment is developed through mutual trust, respect and care between students, staff and the broader community.