New form of technical challenge competitions
Arthur van Schendelstraat 600H
3511 MJ Utrecht
085 051 0620
Through the Vakkanjers programme, teen boys and girls discover and develop their skills on all levels. All the way from primary school group 7 till the last year in pre-vocational education (vmbo). This is done along the path of a technical assignment from a socially relevant, real-world client.
The technical industries are desperate for well-educated craftspeople. Through the Vakkanjers programme schools and companies collaborate to make the craftspeople of the future, with a challenge for a annually changing client. A real-world assignment, for a major national organisation. After the Red Cross, the Dutch Water Authorities, The National Committee for 4 and 5 May (i.e. national celebration of Liberation Day) and the Johan Cruyff Foundation the students are going to get to work for the World Wildlife Fund.
The students work in teams, like a mini company – along with their teacher as a coach. From first draft to working prototype, which is presented to the client in a pitch. This way the students not only learn technical craftsmanship, but skills like taking initiative, problem solving, teamwork and contact with customers as well – crucial skills in a rapidly changing world. Young participants are given a head start in their school career and the labour market. Optimal preparation for a great career!