New form of technical challenge competitions
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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 pre-vocational education (vmbo) and intermediate vocational education (mbo) and young working people. 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 and The National Committee for 4 and 5 May (i.e. national celebration of Liberation Day) the students are going to get to work for the Johan Cruyff Foundation.
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!
The ultimate challenge for first form pre-vocational
The Scouts get an open assignment which mainly stimulates their creativity and curiosity. Connected to the concept of ‘Creating space for children’ they design solutions to keep children active. The assignment leaves plenty of room for personal ideas.
Second and Third form pre-vocational students explore their skills
The Vakkanjer Explorers are going to create soluations to improve the Cruyff Courts in South Africa. Creating space for children: Sports and play are an important part of a child’s proper, healthy development, liveability, personal development and participation.
Designing and Building for tomorrow’s craftspeople
Vakkanjer Pioneers build and program a Practice Mode. In this assignment technical skill, cooperation and creativity join into one finished product.
Intermediate Vocational students and young professionals push themselves
The challenge for the Navigators is right in line with the pre-vocational students’ challenge. The Navigators build a atraction for public events. The Navigators are given all freedom for interpretation and creativity, within some requirements.