Summary of the week
Thanks for sharing your experience. In general companies do not approach school and vice versa. I would say take the initiative as a teacher and approach companies. If you approach a company, make sure you explain your own goals and ambitions but also emphasize the advantages for a company:
Week 1: 12-18 March
What experiences do you have of working with industry? In what ways was the collaboration successful for the company? And for the school?
Topic: Reasons why companies should work together with schools on STEM education.
Since the beginning of this century, the shortage of scientists and engineers has been high on the political agenda in the Netherlands and other European countries. Fewer and fewer students were studying STEM subjects, and governments realised that the implementation of the Lisbon goals would be impossible without a sufficient number of well- educated engineers and scientists. In the Netherlands, millions of euros were earmarked for various projects to make STEM programmes more interesting and increase the number of STEM graduates by 15%.
To achieve this increase, companies can help by providing hands-on practices to be conducted in the classroom, and by giving a better overview of the kinds of careers young Europeans can choose.
Innovation is important to a country's prosperity and welfare. Therefore, innovation is an important part of the Europe 2020 strategy of the European Commission; and in May 2010 the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) published a thorough innovation strategy.
Scientists and engineers have a key role in technological innovation. It is crucially important to increase young peoples’ interest in science and technology. From primary school to university, from vocational training to the business world: together we face the challenge of making young people aware of the vast potential that science and technology offers in all areas of life. Companies can offer more appealing careers and use their technological talents more effectively.
This Community of Practice will give you ideas and examples on how to get in contact and work with companies. It is supported by Jet-Net’s 10 years of experience (Youth and Technology Network in the Netherlands) in bringing together schools and industry.