The P-TECH School Model, pioneered by IBM, is an education initiative that combines post primary school with elements of further education (with modules which serve as credits if students choose to continue a specific level 6 P-TECH course after Leaving Certificate) and workplace experience. P-TECH requires a three-way partnership between school, higher/further education institution and industry partners, with each required to commit to the success of the school and its students. It includes a structured workplace learning strand with mentoring, worksite visits, speakers, project days, skills-based and paid internships. Whilst the acquisition of relevant IT skills in key areas are included in the course work, P-TECH also seeks to encourage and develop student’s problem solving and creativity and places emphasis on teamwork, collaboration and communication skills.