The Vakopleiding Carrosseriebedrijf (VOC, the Coachbuilders Trade Training Organisation) asked DST to develop an educational program for secondary schools. And to support its associated coachbuilding companies with informative materials for guest lessons at school and company visits by students. In short: DST was asked to help bridge the gap between businesses and schools.
Trucks en trailers
Like so many technical branches, coachbuilders are short of competent technical staff. In contrast, building trucks and trailers offers excellent career opportunities for pupils in vocational education. On top of that, it is technically challenging work. Yet very few students managed to find their way into coachbuilding. It was just too little known at school as a sector. That had to change.
The result was the educational program ‘Working as a coachbuilder’. A hands-on teaching package for technical classes. Parts of which were also suitable for use in guest lessons and company visits. Its highly practical approach was a resounding success. With over 2,000 orders in a couple of months’ time, VOC reached over 30,000 students.