– SYNERGY: COMPANY – STUDENTS –
by Miren Josebe Ojanguren Leunda | Goierri eskola
Companies in the region define their improvement needs. Based on these needs, students develop a viability plan to implement a business idea, or a new line.
This is the company project conducted during the 2nd-year Administration and Finance cycle.
We have been developing a viability plan with students for years, but there were changes in recent years.
Before, it was the students who needed to have the business idea and develop a viability plan. Today, in a desire for the relationship between students and companies to be closer, students are developing these projects within the company. They identify the business needs/ideas through a market analysis and an economic analysis, analysing the viability of that business/idea/product.
When reaching agreements with companies, the developers (GOIEKI, LORTEK and GOIERRI ESKOLA) participate (synergy).
These projects participate in the contest organised by GOIEKI in the 3rd category of Innovative Ideas.
Results: development of a project that encompasses different aspects worked on throughout the cycle, and the need to put the skills demanded from students into practise.
Entrepreneur: because students must meet needs for the products/ideas that companies have defined. To this end, they develop the following aspects: technical knowledge (market analysis, DAFO, financial analysis), information search, management and communication and skill development (teamwork, leadership, communication, participation, critical skills, creativity: to provide solutions to different problems).
As mentioned in the DCB, the projects arise at the school, and with this practise, the needs come from the companies. This means that students need to adapt their efforts and knowledge to real situations experienced by companies, so as to provide a response to their needs and interests. Consequently, in addition to having a systematic relationship with the company, this leads to knowledge and a rich, interesting experience flow.
Three organisations (GOIEKI – Regional development agency, LORTEK – Goierri research centre and GOIERRI ESKOLA) raise the needs with the students. These three organisations act as intermediaries with the companies. Once the relationship has begun, the initiative begins. If the companies are willing, it is possible. This is why the SYNERGY between the 3 companies is indispensable.
SELF-EVALUATION OF RESULTS IN STUDENTS
Once the project is over, through feedback, the students are the ones who realise how important it is to work on transversal skills. They must anticipate the job market’s requirements before beginning to work.