Relations with Businesses and Other Partners

Relations with Businesses and Other Partners

Vocational Education and Training (VET) aims to develop personal and professional skills in young professionals, as demanded by the dynamic labor market. To bring young people closer to prospective employers, VET institutions must establish and maintain sustainable and effective partnerships with businesses and other contributing partners.

We support our partner institutions towards:

  • Expanding and consolidating their network of businesses and other partners, including non-partner schools;
  • Establishing and consolidating collaboration with organized business bodies (chambers of commerce, business associations, etc.);
  • Having structured dialogues between VET institutions and the private sector companies;
  • Capacity building of the Business Relations Coordinator at the Development Unit of the VET providers, who is responsible for identifying potential partners that add value to the school. Then, the Coordinator signs memorandums of understanding with partners and follows up their implementation.

Why this collaboration?

– Students follow apprenticeships in companies, thus are exposed early to the labor market.

– Businesses (some of them members of the School Board) guide the school in adapting its curricula to the market needs.

Structured Dialogue

For students to develop skills matching labor market needs, our partner institutions engage in structured dialogue with regional businesses and other stakeholders. To this end, dialogue roundtables are organized at a local level.

These roundtables are organized every year in the form of a workshop. Main providers (public and non-public) of the education and training (vocational education and higher education) at regional level meet with the most important companies in the region grouped by different industries (or industry groups), to identify needs for enriching or updating their curricula.

This structured dialogue:

  • Increases awareness and exchange at a regional level among VET providers and companies.
  • Strengthens coordination and partnership between providers and employers, narrowing the gap between VET and jobs.
  • Schools understand what skills are needed in the labor market.
  • Companies articulate more clearly their needs for skills.

Are you a company or industry association, a high school or university, an NGO or a project? Do you wish to be part of the VET partner network? Contact us!