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Cooperation between higher education institutions and businesses by Marianne van Loenhout Policymaker at Dutch Cooperation between higher education institutions and businesses by Marianne van Loenhout Policymaker at Dutch Royal Metaalunie [email protected] nl

Agenda • Royal Metaalunie • Training Fund OOM • Situation in the Netherlands • Agenda • Royal Metaalunie • Training Fund OOM • Situation in the Netherlands • Associate degree in the Netherlands • Metaalunie and cooperation • Metaalunie and Associate degree • Investigation of needs • Discussion 2

Royal Metaalunie • Royal Dutch Association for small and medium sized companies in the Royal Metaalunie • Royal Dutch Association for small and medium sized companies in the metal industry • > 13, 000 members; 140, 000 employees • # employees per member: 1 – 100, average of 15 • Companies are engaged in – – Construction Mechanical engineering Machining Agricultural mechanisation, etc. 3

Training Fund OOM • Training, Education and Development Fund for the Metal Industry Sector Training Fund OOM • Training, Education and Development Fund for the Metal Industry Sector • Fund filled by wage payment (0, 6 %) and european subsidies • PTT (max 375 euro pp py, max 50%) and LWB (max 2000 pp py, max 2 years) • Compensation for internships, also for higher education (max 125 pp pw) • Project: describing illustrations 4

Situation in the Netherlands 5 Situation in the Netherlands 5

Associate Degree in the Netherlands • Shorter Higher Education. We call it the Associate Associate Degree in the Netherlands • Shorter Higher Education. We call it the Associate Degree • Intermediate level (5) in the EQF • It is still a pilot, so only certificate and no formal degree yet. 2010? More and more Ad’s started. • Extra step in higher education • Based on needs of labour market • Part of a bachelor, 120 ects 6

Metaalunie and the cooperation • Associate degree • Knowledge institutions like the laser-application centre Metaalunie and the cooperation • Associate degree • Knowledge institutions like the laser-application centre with a university • Finding employers for internships • Knowledge transfer • Some examples… 7

Metaalunie and the Ad • Interested in Ad because of: – – Growing need Metaalunie and the Ad • Interested in Ad because of: – – Growing need of higher educated people More influence in higher education Shorter period(s) of education Makes metal industry more interesting • This happened so far – Investigation of needs of the labour market – Agreement with some higher education institutions – More Ad programs 8

Investigation of needs • Programs needed for: – Management, businessmen – Production/project leading in Investigation of needs • Programs needed for: – Management, businessmen – Production/project leading in engineering – Commercial technical functions – Intellectual level is needed (problem solving, communication skills, etc. ), not 4 years of higher education. • Why now? Quality: – Developments in the market – Technological developments (ICT) – Cooperation with / outsourcing to other companies – Professionalising • Why now? Quantity: – Job vacancies – Retirement 9

What do we want? Flexibility • Different target groups: – young students from vocational What do we want? Flexibility • Different target groups: – young students from vocational secondary education (and from general secondary education) – employees with several years of experience • Assessments for employees • Tailor-made education • E-learning or other solutions for spreading the education throughout 10

Some difficulties • With autonomy of institutions • Promotion of Ad versus need of Some difficulties • With autonomy of institutions • Promotion of Ad versus need of employees right now • Members not very interested in LLL – Short term vision – Afraid of loosing their employees to their neighbours – No possibility for function growth within the company 11

In short • Focus on maximum flexibility • More interaction with the industry: – In short • Focus on maximum flexibility • More interaction with the industry: – Content of the educational program (i. e. techniques, competences, case studies) – Organisation (i. e. evening study, tailor-made education, pr) – Exchange of people and knowledge 12

Examples 13 Examples 13

Discussion • When more Ad’s are granted, how do we cope with that as Discussion • When more Ad’s are granted, how do we cope with that as an employers organisation? Examples? • How are employers organisations involved in (shorter) higher education in your countries ? 14

Thank you for your attention. More information: loenhout@metaalunie. nl 15 Thank you for your attention. More information: [email protected] nl 15