Results of the 2016 Eurydice study indicate that many Polish teachers are not ready to run classes in a practical fashion. At the same time, according to the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development ‘Labour Market, Education, Competencies – Current Trends and Research Results’ report, the global competency gap, namely poor fit of employee competencies to employers’ needs, is widening. We would like to replenish this deficit by engaging volunteers from 200 companies and institutions.
We will divide our activities into four modules – targeted at children and youths at different ages. In the first module, pupils from grades 1-3 of primary school will visit nearby firms or institutions and will get to know several professions ‘from the inside’. In the second one, 4-6-graders will visit local enterprises to discover their production technologies and the share of employees in this process, they will also learn more about the company relations with its surrounding environment. In the third module, pupils from grades 7-8 will go for a trip to a company or will take part in workshops run by volunteers in their school. They will get to know the profile of several selected professions and will learn how to plan their future career.
In the last module, secondary school youths will meet with representatives of local businesses and will deepen their knowledge on the foundations of entrepreneurship. We will also organise contests for most active schools and enterprises the results of which will be announced during the Open Firm Gala crowning the project.