|[August 28, 2014]
Volvo's Engineers at Gothenburg's Upper-Secondary Schools
GÖTEBORG, Sweden --(Business Wire)--
The Volvo Group will now launch the School Step (Skolsteget) project in
five Gothenburg schools. The School Step is a unique pilot project,
whereby Volvo Group engineers participate in the teaching of natural and
technical sciences. "In parallel with an increasing need for engineers,
interest in the natural and technical sciences is in a downward spiral.
Our capable employees can motivate and inspire by applying Volvo's
real-life challenges in the teaching, thereby illustrating the breadth
of the engineering profession," says Volvo's President and CEO Olof
The right competence is crucial for Swedish industry and for Sweden's
competitiveness in the global market and, for high-tech companies like
the Volvo Group, the availability of engineers is key. In parallel,
statistics from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show a shortage of 50,000
engineers in Sweden by 2030, primarily due to large waves of retirements
and too few newly graduated engineers from universities and colleges.
Accordingly, the Volvo Group is starting the School Step educational
project together with the City of Gothenburg. During the 2014/15 school
year, 14 Volvo Group engineers will collaborate with an equal number of
teachers from five upper-secondary schools in Gothenburg: Lindholmens
tekniska gymnasium, Polhemsgymnasiet, Katrinelundsgymnasiet,
Hvitfeldtska gymnasiet and Göteborgs tekniska college. The engineers
will contribute by providing real-life problems and challenges for the
course, and by informing about the breadth and scope of the engineering
"Preventing the shortage of engineers looming over the next decade is
one of he key issues facing Swedish industry. Succeeding in sparking
the interest of more young people in a future in industry requires
better collaboration between schools and industry, and this is an area
where the School Step can play an important role," says Olof Persson.
The School Step is an integrated part of teaching within the framework
of the normal school curriculum. Over the course of one academic year,
the Volvo Group's engineers will spend 20 hours teaching in the
classroom. In addition, the engineers will invest a further 40 hours in
planning lessons together with the teachers as well as by attending
courses in teaching methods and rhetoric.
Elina Drott, with responsibility for driven axles at Volvo Buses, is one
of the Volvo engineers who will moonlight as a teacher.
"Most people have no idea what a varied, broad and enjoyable profession
engineering is. I hope I can provide better insight into how many
different opportunities exist. Even if only one student finds the
profession interesting, I will have made a difference," she says.
At the end of the academic year, the School Step will be evaluated to
ascertain the possibilities of expanding the concept to more locations.
August 28, 2014
Journalists who would like additional information, please contact Karin
Wik, tel +46 (0) 765 53 10 20.
For more news from the Volvo Group, visit http://www.volvogroup.com/globalnews.
The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks,
buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and
industrial applications. The Group also provides complete solutions for
financing and service. Volvo, which employs about 110,000 people, has
production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more
than 190 markets. The Volvo Group's sales amounted to about SEK 270
billion in 2013, and its shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange.
For more information, visit www.volvokoncernen.se
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