P-TECH Ireland logoP-TECH (Pathways in Technology) is an innovative model of education-industry collaboration that was first developed in 2011 in the USA by IBM and local educators. The P-TECH education initiative in Ireland was launched in Dublin’s North-East Inner City (NEIC) as a pilot program in 2018.

This initiative is designed to tackle educational disadvantage and to provide secondary students in the area with an enriching educational experience to develop skills, realise their potential as learners and to connect to new learning and career pathways beyond school. The model combines second-level school education with elements of third-level education and work experiences such as mentorship and internships.

NCI worked with industry partners and schools to reimagine the original P-TECH model and design a new curriculum tailored to complement the Irish education system. The Certificate in P-TECH was developed as a new program to provide NEIC school students with a range of skills and experiences that help their development, future learning, and future career. This program introduces students to new ways to develop knowledge, digital skills, and work experience.

Graduation 2024
NCI Graduation on the 12th of April 2024 will be a double first, first to recognise the achievements of our new graduates in the Certificate in P-TECH and second to mark the first time in which a QQI Level 6 Higher Education Award has being delivered within the post primary system by our NEIC schools, under the auspices of National College of Ireland.
Meet the Education Team
Meet the members of the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at NCI who help to deliver this innovative programme.
P-TECH in the Media
P-TECH has received extensive coverage since being launched in Ireland, including a news report on Virgin Media and being referenced by former Taoiseach Micháel Martin.
“It helped me learn more about what I want in my future and what I need to do to achieve what I want”
P-TECH Student