Building School—Company Partnerships

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Course details

The skills we need to live and work are changing. Digital technologies are driving fundamental changes in the economy and society. According to the Future of Jobs 2020 report by the World Economic Forum, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines by 2025, while 97 million new roles may emerge. At the same time, global warming and environmental degradation are also driving changes in industries in the products and services they provide and how they produce them; these are increasingly affecting jobs and skills.

How can we bridge these skills gaps and better prepare students for the future workforce and for a more sustainable economy and society?

In this course, we will discuss how partnerships between schools and companies can improve the understanding of the workforce’s needs, bridge the gap between work skills and school lessons and improve careers awareness. We explore how the workplace can add value to teaching and learning and help students develop not just the skills they will need to ensure their employability in future but the essential life skills they will need to thrive in societies shaped by the green and digital transitions.

Duration and workload

Start date: Monday 7 November 2022
End date: Wednesday 14 December 2022

Duration: 5 weeks and 2 days
Workload: 15-20 hours in total

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Target audience

This course is relevant to educators from secondary education and VET schools interested in building school-company partnerships. This MOOC offers an introduction to the topic.

Learning objectives

More specifically, the course participants will: 

  • Explore how building school-company partnerships can improve both your professional development and the education of your students
  • Learn how to develop a school-company partnership in practice considering your context
  • Develop an action plan for an effective school-company collaboration

Offered by

This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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  1. How this course works
  2. Module 1 – It takes a whole village to educate a child: Working with companies
  3. Module 2 – Working with companies: How to get started
  4. Module 3 – Working with Companies: Exploring modes of school-company engagement
  5. Module 4 – Develop an action plan to build the partnership