Teacher Placements are professional development experiences, work placements or internships in business and industry, which enable teachers or career counsellors to spend a period of time working with an employer. Teacher placements are optimal to facilitate STEM education through hands-on and real-life experiences, providing a full range of skills.
For this reason, the STEM Alliance has developed the Teacher Discovery Placement Scheme, an initiative in collaboration with the SYSTEMIC project that highlights existing placement programmes and help ensure the success, promotion and development of these placements.
Teacher Placement Initiatives - Collection of Best Practices
The STEM Alliance has published the "Teacher Placement Initiatives – Collection of Best Practices" booklet, containing a selection of 15 initiatives collected from 10 countries around the world, providing inspiring examples of STEM teacher placements in industry.
One of the main aims of this "Teacher Placement Initiatives – Collection of Best Practices" is to help overcome the lack of awareness of career development opportunities for teachers, taking into consideration the urgent need to bridge employment gaps by sustaining cooperation between school and industries.
The publication contains precious insights for industry on how to attract new generations of students into STEM careers while understanding the workforce available, allowing a tailored targeting of specific candidates.
Teacher placements are one of the best means to ease the integration of company-sponsored programmes in school curricula, helping policy makers meet the challenge of a lack of resources in schools and expand their knowledge about STEM subjects.