Training centers and businesses can collaborate on a number of levels:
- to plan curriculum programmes combining school and work-based learning
- to integrate practical vocational material into a subject area
- to set up mentoring programmes for students and teachers
- to establish work exploration and experience schemes
- to create opportunities for students to carry out work observations, site visits, work experience, “employee for a day”, job-shadowing or part-time paid work.
Companies can also support schools by providing:
- learning opportunities for students, and sharing recent industry knowledge with teachers
- access to industry-relevant technology
- management expertise as members of boards of trustees, providing scholarships, sponsorship or project funding for young adults who display the aptitude and motivation to pursue careers related to that business.
How to create successful partnerships with companies
Setting up a partnership
- When approaching a company, consider the size and economic health of that business. This may affect its ability to contribute to the partnership.
- Your school/training center is more likely to be able to set up a partnership with businesses when the economy is doing well.
- Third parties such as employers’ and manufacturers’ associations, Chambers of Commerce, economic development agencies, industry associations and industry training organisations can sometimes help broker partnerships and/or help schools to set up relationships with businesses.
- Have a clear sense of what your school/training center wants to achieve from a partnership, particularly in terms of learning and life benefits for students. Mutual measurable objectives should be made clear.
- A company may not always be aware of the potential benefits of partnering with a school/training center. Have information about these benefits ready for businesses.
Maintaining the partnership
- Both parties should gain something from the partnership. Consider setting up communication and recognition policies (for example, certificates, public appreciation ceremonies) and testimonials about successful partnerships to encourage ongoing or wider participation from businesses.
- Have a clear commitment from the school/center training leadership team to support the partnership with businesses, and internal systems that support these partnerships (ie clear lines of responsibility for managing this partnership).
- Keep in regular contact with each of the businesses your school works with.
Get conNEcTed to the Job Market (2017-1-ES01-KA204-038304), is an Erasmus+ project with the reference number: 2017-1-ES01-KA204-038304 aimed to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of adult learners using social media and ICT to create new e-enterprises ensuring increased opportunities for participation on a modern, flexible and inclusive labour market.
GNET offers support on:
How to create the digital identity of an E-enterprise (using social media and ICT)
How should be the website; Different tools to create a website
How to monitor an e-enterprise
Google Analytics; Google Alerts; SEO management as a tool; Web application for statistics
Profile of potential customers; Tools to analyse e-customers; E-customers relation
Creation of content for e-enterprise Hootsuite
How to create attractive content; Timetable; Google AdWords