Best Practice. THINK4JOBS

THINK4JOBS – Critical Thinking for Successful Jobs

THINK4JOBS is endorsed by a consortium of five universities and five labour market organizations from five countries.

It stems from the consolidated experience of the partnership in Critical Thinking (CT) teaching, training and research, and their commitment to empowering University-Business Cooperation (UBC) in Europe as a need to the successful employment and transition of new graduates from the university to the labour market.

To that end, it aims to develop relevant tools and unprecedented opportunities (due to their potential in terms of innovation, applicability, impact and transferability) for the effective development, support and assessment of students’ CT in the transition into a professional context using apprenticeships as a privileged interface.

The activities involved to achieve the project goals are strategically aligned in the following five outputs:

  • Output 1: THINK4JOBS Toolkit with 10 CT work-based learning scenarios for each of the five different professional fields addressed by the consortium, namely Veterinary Medicine, Teacher Education, Business and Economics, and Business Informatics.
  • Output 2: THINK4JOBS Training for 12 HE instructors and 12 labour market tutors. Specifically, training packages will be developed, targeting the empowerment of HEI instructors and labour market tutors in conceptual and procedural knowledge of CT as well as in the exploitation of the Toolkit in courses and apprenticeships.
  • Output 3: THINK4JOBS CT blended apprenticeships curricula (12) will be developed through close collaboration of HE instructors and labour market tutors as working pairs will be developed.
  • Output 4: THINK4JOBS guidelines/protocol for CT transfer from curricula to the labour market will be an output that will emerge after the implementation and evaluation of the CT apprenticeships.
  • Output 5: THINK4JOBS Special issue will be a special scientific issue in a JCR/SCOPUS Journal concerning “CT: bridging a successful transition between university and labour market”.

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