What is P-TECH?

Pathways in Technology Early College High School(P-TECH) is a new type of school that brings together the best elements of secondary school, university and the professional world. P-TECH enables students to begin their professional lives more quickly and with more support than the typical school-to-work pathway. Graduates of P-TECH have the opportunity to take part in work experience and internships, and are given access to apprenticeship and degree level learning. Students leave school with the skills and knowledge they need in order to continue their studies or step seamlessly into 21st century jobs.

How does P-TECH work?

Students undertake regular school courses such as GCSEs and A-Levels in addition to taking part in the P-TECH program. They also receive individual support and guidance as they plan their high school years and begin taking further and higher education courses.

Students participate in real work experiences in which they learn how to collaborate and develop the skills they’ll need for professional and personal success. They can explore various careers through paid internships, office site visits, mentoring, coaching and more provided by the school’s industry partner IBM. The programme addresses the global “skills gap” to strengthen the West Yorkshire economy by building a workforce with the technical and professional skills required for New Collar jobs.


What IT careers await P-TECH students?

P-TECH students will be prepared to begin careers in a range of exciting, competitive 21st century jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Every position -from Manufacturing Engineering Technician to Quality Analyst and Software Specialist -requires a STEM professional who can perform complex technical tasks, work within a team and solve problems. Whether designing and testing future products or analysing defects in software and driving quality improvements for global customers, P-TECH graduates will be helping our world work better.

The career coaching and professional skills development focus at P-TECH schools prepares students for a myriad of opportunities. Even if not pursuing careers in STEM, students graduate with critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills to thrive in any professional environment of their choice.

Who are our students?

P-TECH students are part of a dynamic and diverse global community. With schools in 28 countries worldwide, P-TECH students are part of a global network of young people working towards a brighter future. There are no tests to get in and students of all abilities can be accepted. We expect P-TECH students to be:

  • Eager to learn the skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive Digital & STEM industries of tomorrow
  • Curious, dedicated, hands-on learners ready to take on the challenges of school, college, work and life
  • Able to attend activities and trips as part of the program
  • Be excited to participate in extended day and summer programs


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