Blue Tulip Awards’ challenges in Training & Employment

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Blue Tulip Awards' challenges in Education & Employment


All our lives, we by no means cease studying. However precisely how we study is quickly altering. Training is creating with using new applied sciences must get us prepared for jobs that don’t even exist but. Add to {that a} international pandemic holding each college students and staff at dwelling, and it raises some surprising questions and attention-grabbing challenges. The Training & Employment theme of the second technology of the Blue Tulip Awards is on the lookout for improvements to unravel these -and extra – puzzles. 

Training & Employment accomplice, jury and winner

With the present pandemic in thoughts, forcing each faculties and companies to shortly undertake new methods of working and studying, we requested the specialists about the way forward for work and training. We requested Blue Tulip Award accomplice Marnix Broer of StuDocu, jury member Jacqueline Touw of Sligro and final years’ winner Anouk Binkhuysen from Faqta their view on the present challenges.

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Faqta flips the classroom

Anouk Binkhuysen is founding father of Faqta, a web-based studying platform for main faculties. With its on-line platform of theme-based tasks with instructional movies, the corporate goals to ‘flip the classroom’ and stimulate a extra energetic approach of studying. The impactful approach of mixing on-line video’s with significant teaching earned her the Blue Tulip Award within the Training theme of final yr. Being a distant studying platform in instances of COVID just isn’t the worst place to be in. 

“We began Faqta from the concept training shouldn’t cease on the finish of a college day once you go dwelling”, says Binkhuysen. “That imaginative and prescient interprets very effectively to the present scenario. Our platform affords the kind of hybrid training that provides an answer for faculties.” Evidently, the adoption of their product has accelerated.  

The COVID-effect on faculties

That wasn’t instantly the case, says Binkhuysen. “Faculties in The Netherlands often make their choices for the subsequent college yr between March and July. Nevertheless, as a result of lockdown, they have been closed for enterprise, which slowed down progress. So we have now some catching as much as do.” Through the summer time, issues began turning round for Faqta. They’re at present working with 247 main faculties in The Netherlands, with 41,000 college students utilizing the platform to study at the very least 3 times every week. Thus far, Faqta stories a churn charge of zero. 

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With the pandemic being removed from over, faculties are on the lookout for an answer to maintain their college students within the loop, even when coming to highschool just isn’t an choice. “With the duty of working and studying at dwelling, faculties are pressured to digital training. Video is important within the switch of data and the scepticism surrounding video has modified. We are actually in a position to speed up the shift to digital training and to method it well.” 

‘Training is old school’

On one other stage of training, Marnix Broer from StuDocu sees the identical developments. “I’m impressed with how shortly universities tailored to new training methods,” he says. StuDocu affords a web-based platform the place college students of European schools and Universities can share their data. 

“Training is an old school realm,” Broer says. “Faculties have solely lately ditched the chalkboard for a smartboard, so to say, however it’s primarily nonetheless one individual in entrance of the category, having a say. Regardless of that, we see an enormous acceleration, wherein educators begin to work with know-how that has been obtainable for the final three years.” 

‘Finding out like loopy’

For StuDocu, this affords possibilities. Broer: “The primary two weeks of March, our utilization declined. The Universities have been closed, college students figured that they had some free time. However when it occurred that exams have been nonetheless on, we may see from our person statistics that they began finding out like loopy. After that, we went again to our regular progress.” For StuDocu, ‘regular’ is relative. The edtech-company at present has 15 million month-to-month customers, which it goals to double subsequent yr.

In addition to serving to college students research, Broer additionally hopes StuDocu prepares them for the working life. He sees a robust disconnect between the 2: “First off, working collectively is discouraged. An task is completed alone in any other case, it’s dishonest. In a job, cooperation is a should. Second, corporations thrive on innovation, or they go bankrupt. Training is lagging right here. And third, it’s quaint to study every little thing by coronary heart. Now that we have now huge data at our fingertips. I believe it’s extra essential to grasp and be capable to use this data.”

The social side of on-line studying

On the opposite aspect of commencement, Jacqueline Touw notices the identical developments. Touw is CHRO of Sligro Meals Group, a serious participant within the wholesale of meals and food-related merchandise in The Netherlands and Belgium. She is, amongst others, liable for inside training of all workers. “Main developments in training contain on-line options. Know-how helps us to study, to develop”, she says.

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“This stimulates several types of peer studying which in flip will enhance studying effectivity.” The digital path does supply some challenges, based on Touw. “The social side of studying, constructing relationships, coping with suggestions, celebrating successes or sharing experiences, are all an essential a part of studying. To implement these is a problem.” 

This tech-ecosystem of studying and dealing is accelerated by COVID, says Touw. “Now we additionally have to study to take care of on-line work and training. That additionally means we have to take care of new private challenges. benchmark your self with others and know the place you stand and really feel competent, how to deal with stress and even loneliness. But additionally how you can promote ourselves in a gaggle. A web based setting requires completely different social abilities.” 

The significance of working collectively

“The world of training is being hindered by the actual world. Many corporations haven’t reached a sure stage of digitization but. So those who be a part of that firm in all probability have extra high-tech at dwelling than at work. Corporations have to undertake new applied sciences to allow them to shift to a approach of labor that connects extra to the best way persons are educated.” 

It does result in companies holding a better eye on developments in training, Touw notices: “Training used to soak up developments and influences from the enterprise world. Now they’re extra usually selecting for co-creation.” Touw factors to incubators at Academies and collaborations between companies and Universities, resembling the event of solar-powered racing vehicles on the College of Twente. 

Co-creation is right here to remain

This type of co-creation will solely get extra prevalent sooner or later, says Touw. “There’s nobody clear reply to all the present questions. Firms, governments and academic establishments should work collectively. The Blue Tulip Awards is an effective instance. It fosters innovation, affords publicity and works as an accelerator. The questions we’re going through are clear, these awards assist to get solutions inside attain.”

However even discovering a solution to essentially the most urgent issues which are at present going through the world of labor and training, won’t assure success, says Broer from StuDocu. “Some improvements are sensible, with nice concepts, however many won’t make it. Not each entrepreneur or innovator can also be expert in issues like advertising or PR. The Blue Tulip Awards places these small corporations in a vibrant highlight which is able to actually assist them.” 

‘Innovating is hard’

Talking from expertise, Binkhuysen from Faqta agrees: “This programme places you on the map. We participated to tell apart ourselves, and likewise for a bit of selling to the surface world. The bundle of prizes they provide is of a really excessive stage. It affords entry to data that cash can’t purchase.”

“Innovating is hard. It’s onerous work. Generally it’s onerous to push ahead, not realizing for certain in the event you’re heading in the right direction. It might really feel such as you’re a voice crying within the wilderness. That’s the reason this programme is so essential. Not essentially to win the prize. It may be simply as essential to attach with friends and get recognition there.”

Register now for the Training & Employment theme

The second technology of the Blue Tulip Awards is now open for registration. Are you able to re-invent training so it prepares youngsters for jobs that don’t even exist but? Or put together workers for a approach of labor that’s but to be invented? Innovators on the planet of Training & Employment which are able to push ahead can join on the web site of the Blue Tulip Awards. Registration is open now, you will have till December eleventh so don’t wait.

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