BTE Around the World
Prague, Czech Republic
Grant Period: 2010 – 2014
Welcome to our Community
The first BTE program in Central Bohemia was a broad-based partnership comprised of Johnson & Johnson, the Czech National Association of Nurses, Charles University in Prague – First Faculty of Medicine, Junior Achievement Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic, and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Launched in September 2011 and spearheaded by Junior Achievement Czech Republic, the program targeted 35 second-year students interested in the nursing or healthcare assistance profession and enrolled in three secondary schools: Secondary Nursing School and Nursing College in Prague, Medical College and Secondary School in Mladá Boleslav, and Nursing College and Secondary Nursing School in Klando.
The site aimed to improve key employability skills and promote an interest in the health careers among BTE students through:
- Career Exploration, including guest lectures, local operating company tours, International health care facility site visits, virtual surgeries, and job shadowing;
- Education and Career Planning – students conducted research on careers of interest, developed education / career goals, and prepared a plan for obtaining these goals;
- Career Coaching, including resume writing support, interviewing practice, and an intensive career mentoring retreat; and Soft Skills Workshop Series, focusing on core patient care skills: professional conduct, professional ethics, patient empathy, oral communication, teamwork, and etiquette.
An evaluation of BTE – Prague found that participants benefited in many ways. For example:
- Improved Academic Achievement: BTE students had significantly better reading and writing skills including the ability to prepare good resume and, contrary to comparison group students.
- Higher Education Awareness: The awareness of higher education significantly increased within the BTE group (from 57 percent after 1st year to 100 percent after the final year), while within the comparison group remained stable at around 75 percent.
- Higher Education Aspirations: Aspirations for higher education were stronger for BTE students (83 percent at exit survey) contrary to the students from the comparison group (63 percent at exit survey)
- Related Work Experience: More students of BTE worked in their field (e.g. as an auxiliary staff in hospitals) compared to the students in the comparison group (who worked e.g. as shop assistants). Some students even got their jobs through BTE experiences like work place tour.