Please describe the case in detail

In particular please consider (a)Objectives of the intervention; (b) Tools used to achieve the project goals; (c) Methodologies applied;

Virovitica College is continuously observing the labor market needs. In accordance with that, before the implementation of new study programs, that is: before the making of the project for those, we conduct a survey with business people from the area, in order to find out exactly what type of workforce is in demand. We talk about the labor market needs with the representatives from Employment Institute and Chamber of Economy and use the official statistics about the structure of the unemployed and the profile of the employees currently needed in the business area. Additionally, we conduct the students’ preferences analysis. By conducting the survey in the target group that consists primarily of high school seniors from related high schools in the area we can analyse our potential students’ priorities and try to adapt our study programs to their preferences as well. All collected data from the questionnaires is analysed and implemented into our new programs Study to confirm that our study programs are tailor-made for the WoW and students’ priorities.

What resources are required for the case?

Consider human resources, financial resources, infrastructure, in-kind resources and any other type required.

For this kind of cooperation, human, as well as some financial resources are required, including time and resources needed for conducting and analyzing surveys.

What are the enabling factors making this case successful?

Consider institutional support, environmental/social/political factors, etc.

Study programs that offer students courses which are relevant for WoW enable them to be more easily employable since they cater for the needs of the labor market, taking into consideration education for jobs which are currently in demand

Why do you consider this case to be good/best practice?

Please consider that a best practice must (a) have a clearly defined objective to increase the connection with the World of Work, (b) address the target groups of the project, (c) be replicable and sustainable, (d) have clearly demonstrated evidence of effectiveness in increasing the connection with the World of Work

Cooperation with all target groups (WoW and potential students) is an important factor for creation of future study programs. The feedback from target groups is used for adjusting course curriculum, making the study programs at Virovitica College both relevant to WoW and appealing to the students, thus making them sustainable in the long run.