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.