On Wednesday November 9th members of the BeeHives project had a meeting in Antwerp, at the premises of Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen to discuss and to create a conceptual framework for understanding the different cooperation venues and modalities between students, institutions and the world of work.
The BEEHiVES project is designed to address cooperation and collaboration barriers in the strategic partnership triangle – HVET/PHE institutions, employers/labour markets and students – to contribute to the development of skills relevant to labour market needs and equip students with the knowledge and skills relevant for their long-term employability, entrepreneurship and personal development.
BEEHiVES will create tools and measures that will create a fundamental step-change in terms of employer involvement in programme and curriculum design, validation, accreditation and award processes – placing employers and the needs of the labour market at the centre of the education offer.
The conceptual framework we mentioned in the first paragraph will be used to create a survey, which will be sent out to 600 stakeholders around Europe. The meeting focused in particular on the selection of the most relevant and important themes, which built the basis for the development of the questions; the related questions of the survey and to discuss the overall goal of the survey. Using the conceptual framework, the experts should be able to analyse how, where and when collaboration between these three groups takes place, and, more importantly to understand what incentivises productive collaboration for all the three groups.