Jet-Net

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Jet-Net
Source / author:
PBT
Country:
Netherlands
Education level:
Secondary Education
Year start:
2002
Status::
Ongoing
Short summary:
Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands) is a joint initiative of leading Dutch technology companies and secondary (pre-college) schools aimed at promoting STEM uptake through one-on-one school-company partnerships.
Description:

Jet-Net (Youth and Technology Network Netherlands) is a joint initiative of leading Dutch technology companies and secondary (pre-college) schools aimed at promoting STEM uptake through one-on-one school-company partnerships. The programme was founded by five Dutch technology companies (Shell, Philips, DSM, AkzoNobel and Unilever) in 2002 and currently involves more than 90 technology companies and 180 pre-university secondary schools (aprox. 40% of total). In collaboration with the schools, 'Jet-Net companies' develop an educational environment with practical content for the science curriculum and provide students with experiences that show that technology is challenging, meaningful and socially relevant.

 

In 2012, a Danish version of the Jet-Net programme was launched by the Danish House of Natural Sciences under the name Jet-Net.dk. The Jet-Net.dk programme grew to involve over 60 technology companies in under three years. 

Reach:
Between 2002 and 2016 Jet-Net has grown from 5 to 92 associated companies and from 15 to 180 schools. The Jet-Net companies invested a combined total of 6 million euros in Jet-Net programmes. At the moment 60.000 students are reached through the Jet-Net program and 300 teachers are aligned.
Impact:
STEM uptake (students opting for a one of the two STEM tracks in their fourth year) in Jet-Net schools is significantly higher than the national average (more info can be found on the Jet-Net website).
Budget and funding model:
The Jet-Net programme is co-funded by government and industry. It's yearly budget for programme management is EUR 1.6 million (co-funded by industry and government). Direct contributions to the programme activities from industry (in cash and in-kind) are estimated to exceed EUR 6 millon per year.