STEM Initiatives

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  • Professeurs en Entreprise

    The Professeurs en entreprise initiative organises half- to one-day visits in R&D (Research and Innovation) companies or research centres. They are intended for teachers and other key professionals in school education such as inspectors (IEN and IA-IPR), heads of schools, STEM counsellors (CAST) or innovation counsellors (CARDIE), pedagogical advisors and representatives of the Ministry of Education. These visits always take place in one week during the school year and they aim to create time for exchanges between professionals in education and in R&D departments and centres of industry or businesses.

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  • Lehrer in der Wirtschaft

    Through a teacher's business-experience program, the project "Lehrer in der Wirtschaft" (Teacher in Business) offers secondary school teachers (gymnasium teachers) the opportunity to get a real sense of the diverse work carried out within a company.

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  • Code Your Life

    The Code your Life initiative faces one of the most urgent challenges of the future: enabling young people to participate actively in digitized society. With this goal, Code your Life introduces children from the age of eight to programming and lets them look behind the scenes of the digital world.

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  • Entr’apprendre – Continuous Education / Placement program for teachers in companies

    Entr'apprendre, launched in 2015, is an initiative by the Foundation for Education (Fondation pour l'Enseignement) set up by the French community of Belgium. The aim is to upgrade Vocational Education Training (VET), to support positive orientation by developing entrepreneurship skills and information on work opportunities and jobs of the future, and to stimulate the Corporate Social Responsibility of companies by encouraging skills transfer between businesses and school. In this context, the Foundation actively promotes placements in industry for teachers.

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  • Eerst de klas

    Eerst de Klas (First in the classroom), launched in 2009, is a two-year traineeship provided for excellent young academics with an interest in education and business. As part of this programme, outstanding students spent some time teaching after graduation before pursuing a career in business.

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  • Teacher Placement in industry with entrepreneurship education for pupils

    In a series of efforts related to the Action Plan for Entrepreneurial Education (2015-2019), the Flemish Ministry of Education issued a new regulation financing 30 internships for teachers.

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  • DigiGirlz

    DigiGirlz offers opportunities for girls and young women to familiarise with careers in technology and develop themselves in this field. As part of the Microsoft YouthSpark programme, it encourages youth to engage in Microsoft-related jobs.

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  • Codess

    Codess is an initiative engaging women in engineering and coding through workshops and events. The initiative mobilises a community of females in a traditionally male dominated industry to enable gender diversity in engineering.

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  • Teen Science Café

    Organised by the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes (DLAP), the Teen Science Café is an initiative aiming to introduce secondary-school students to careers and professions available on the current labour market through conversations with professionals.

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  • P-TECH

    P-TECH is an innovative school model supported by IBM with the purpose of providing high-school students early access to careers and industry in various STEM fields.

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