Central Coast Industry Connect believes in the engagement of all levels of Education with industry. Currently discussions are taking place with the University of Newcastle Business school and Environment and Life sciences to be able to connect Industry and the University more effectively and to provide mutual benefits to all parties.

Together with the Office of Regional Development and Regional Development Australia Central Coast , CCIC is working collaboratively  to develop a partnership with Primary and secondary schools in the region. The partnership is currently developing a program to be able to roll out in the near future.

In the meantime CCIC is a supporter of IBM’s P Tech Program. Read more about this below.


An innovative partnership is helping Wyong High School students secure future employment in the local food science industry by giving them relevant skills and experience. The school is one of 14 pilot sites across Australia – and the only one on the Central Coast – to kick-start the federal government’s Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) partnership program which establishes long-term relationships between industry, schools and tertiary education providers. Wyong High School has introduced a P-TECH program that enables students to achieve skills and qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

In 2015 the Skilling Australia Foundation was appointed by the Australian Federal Government to introduce the P-TECH (Pathways-In-Technology) secondary school STEM learning programs in Geelong and Ballarat. The Government has since expanded P-TECH model to 14 pilot sites.

The Australian Government has invested $5.1 million to pilot the P-TECH model in Australia.



CentralCoast Connect_ED Project groups


Central Coast Connect_EDis a new bespoke extra-curricular programme of the University of Newcastle tailored to the Ourimbah Campus and Central Coast to enhance graduate employability and provide mutually beneficial outcomes for industry and our region.Students work in diverse teams on real industry projects over 4 weeks during the winter mid-year break in July. The projects while meeting an industry need will also have an overarching social responsibility focus in addressing a challenge facing the Central Coast.

The programme is open to all Ourimbah Campus students to apply, from 1styear to PhD, domestic or international, any degree program, and to top it off we have the students undertake a personality test to ensure the members have different thinking styles and mind sets within the group. This cognitive diverse approach to the teams will ensure fresh thinking to ideas for your business.

This is project-based programme and, as such, does not occur onsite with the industry partner. The majority of meetings and work will occur on Campus by the students or via technology. The students, however, will have the opportunity to present the project outcomes to the partner organisation and hear their feedback at the industry workplace.

Central Coast industry Connect has engaged with students from the University of Newcastle – Ourimbah Campus through the Central Coast Connect_ED initiative . As part of this program four students will be working on a project, we put forward titled

“Determining the skills gaps in manufacturing, now and for the future”  Results of the study will be presented on the 24th July 2019.


CCIC is providing a gateway to connect local businesses with tertiary students through local higher education providers, so that businesses benefit from their expertise and students gain valuable workplace experience.

Tertiary students, depending on their course, require work experience either through Internships, Work Integrated Learning or professional placement programs. Engaging in these programs provides the opportunity to

  • Access temporary talent for a specific workplace projects,
  • Bring new skills to the organisation.
  • Provide a different perspective and different ideas to your business
  • Become a potential pool of future full time and part time employees.
  • Builds a link to our local educational institutions.

Students can bring a number of benefits to your organisation including access to the latest ideas, practices and technologies and support for short or longer-term projects

Broad range of study areas can be catered for and placement is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It is low-risk way to assess future employees.

If you are interested in placing a student in your organisation you can complete the form below. Any further queries can be made to Frank Sammut 0411186634.

Register your interest for a student here