inGenious Code launched to facilitate collaboration between school and industry


Press release - European Schoolnet today launched the inGenious Code comprising principles, guidelines, checklists and templates, to help schools and industry work together in a safe, smooth and secure way.

Brussels - inGenious, the most significant investment to date in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Europe, involves Ministries of Education and major industries to increase the links between science education and careers. The inGenious Code, funded by inGenious, offers best practice and practical advice in order to increase and further school-industry collaborations across the European Union.
Pupil visits to industry locations and interventions by business volunteers at schools are practiced across the European Union to support pedagogical as well as pupil career education goals. Until now, however, there have been few documents publicly available that provide guidelines specifically for such collaborations. The inGenious Code aims to address concerns that face anyone involved in such projects. These include ethical and legal concerns and practical issues around health and safety, mutual respect, branding, data protection and privacy, conduct and background checks.
While the inGenious Code is relevant to any school or external organisation planning a visit, it was developed specifically for visits related to studies and careers. The drop off across the EU1 in the number of pupils studying STEM subjects at tertiary level is widely attributed to poor understanding of the breadth and nature of STEM careers and to the stereotyping of STEM jobs.
The inGenious Code takes away the hassle of organising an industry visit. “It makes the whole process easier, giving parties a common platform for planning and ensuring that topics such as company brand positioning, confidentiality and pupil safety are considered up front," said teacher Carlos Cunha from Portugal.
"Specifically in STEM education, it is particularly crucial to help students get a “real life” perspective of how STEM is applied in research, industry and business. The inGenious code of conduct is the first European level attempt to guide both schools and businesses in setting up such collaboration," said Marc Durando, Executive Director, European Schoolnet.
European industries whose core business depends on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are recruiting from a shrinking pool today. Yet, great jobs are available for students with the right skills. We call upon industry and educators to accelerate their collaborations and help address this mismatch,” said Brian Ager, Secretary General, European Round Table of industrialists (ERT).
The sharing and piloting of industry education activities in European schools is one of a number of inGenious focus areas that include the promotion of school-industry visits, role model exchanges, teachers’ events and competitions for schools. More information are available on
[1] Across the EU27, the number of tertiary education graduates in Maths, Science and Technology fields as a percentage of all fields, fell from 24.8 per cent in 2000 to 21.4 per cent in 2010. Source: Eurostat. 
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About inGenious
inGenious is the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. It is a joint initiative launched by European Schoolnet and the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), with the support of the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), to promote school and industry collaboration in STEM teaching and career communications and change the future of STEM education.



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