The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.
Stichting Techniekpromotie is a Dutch foundation that works together with the educational institutes in the Netherlands to promote science and technology. It provides materials for primary and secondary schools with practical assignments so students can learn to work with real problems and solve them with innovative solutions. This allows students to utilise their theoretical knowledge and apply it in practical situations.
In the Netherlands, there is a serious shortage of technically educated employees. Moreover, there is still a stigma associated with vocational education and training. The foundation aims to help children and young people to get acquainted with science and technology through programmes such as FIRST LEGO League (focused on building robots and programming them) or Eureka! Cup (a national competition showing applications of technology and natural sciences in relation to a socially relevant topic).
We are committed to integrating science and technology into the lives of children and young people and we want to give them the opportunity to develop a positive attitude towards science and technology. By preparing students not only to learn the theoretical bases of a profession but also to work and think in a practical way (real building, real coding, etc.), we aim to improve the image of apprenticeships in technical fields in the Netherlands and thus make them more appealing to students. Our long-term objective is to embed apprenticeships in science and technology in the education system and promote them as a popular choice among young people.
We aim to improve the image of apprenticeships in technical fields through events throughout the year that promote science and technology and offer students an opportunity to learn with the help from companies operating in technical fields.
We are engaging 100,000 students in total and reaching 2,500 teachers through these programmes. We will also continue to provide materials to teachers that will support them to integrate a practical approach to learning and embed science and technology in the curriculum.
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