The Kent IB Career-related Programme initiative
In 2016, a four year pilot of the IB Career-related Programme (CP) concluded in Kent, which resulted in a 96 percent pass rate and broad-ranging career and further study opportunities for the 79 participating students from six different state schools across the County.
Two thirds of the pilot’s cohort progressed to higher education to study a variety of courses such as Sport, Exercise and Health Science, Accountancy, Architecture and Business, and were the first in their families ever to enter Higher Education.
However, the programme is not just for students who would like to go to university. Holly-Mae Hill, a CP alumna from Dane Court Grammar School decided to undertake a higher level apprenticeship in marketing having completed the CP. Holly-Mae said: “The CP opened my eyes to the number of opportunities that are out there and made me realise that university wasn’t my only option. I am a practical learner, so an apprenticeship is best suited to me and I am really excited to be able to gain so many more skills.”
Following the success of the pilot, a further 18 schools in Kent have joined the initiative to offer the CP, taking the total number of schools involved to 27. This means that 30 percent of state schools in Kent will now offer students the opportunity to study an IB programme.
Through the IB’s collaboration with Kent County Council to extend access to the CP, students from deprived areas of Kent, and across the County, can continue to have their aspirations raised, and their life opportunities vastly improved.
Hear what some of the Kent CP pilot alumni have to say about the programme here.
For more information about the CP, please download the CP brochure developed for parents and students [512KB] .