ABOUT THE PROJECT
The purpose of the Ambassadors of Knowledge project is to present individuals or groups who have exceeded their employers’ expectations in terms of varied knowledge, ideas, work methods and results, and assist them in finding jobs and/or organisations to better support them and present their qualities to potential investors. Ambassadors of Knowledge is already established in 30 different countries globally.
The project connects individuals/groups throughout the globe, increases employment and enhances collaboration at the global level by providing opportunities for collaboration for organisations and individuals with different expertise, nationality, race, religion and political affiliation.
Individuals or groups are awarded Ambassadors of Knowledge status at the event called the Academic Economic Congress (AEC).
Benefits in connections and promotions
The project connects individuals/groups throughout the globe, decreases unemployment and enhances collaboration on the global level.
Reduce the gaps
Furthermore, the project blurs the gap in collaboration between the economic and academic spheres, and builds the society of knowledge on the global level.
Support the development
With the cooperation we building the knowledge of society on a global scale. The project also support the development and transfer the practical knowledge and skills.
Together we can shape a common strategy of activities needed for the better employability (specially for young people) and promote the knowledge throughout the world.
We have cooperated with young people for several years already. Each year, we give scholarships to about 60 young people at all levels of education. This way we recruit new staff. While they are still studying we get to know each other and they get to know the work tasks, and if they later become our employees, they come knowing what to expect. Life Learning Academia knows that knowledge comes first. In the current harsh economy, promoting the mentoring system in a company is a positive move. We are pleased that the system is promoting the mentality that work, perseverance and entrepreneurship gets us far. These are the values expressed by the “Reference” award. Mentoring is a company’s return investment in the youth, therefore the state should consider to financially promote such projects.
We stick to the principle of working hand in hand with our environment. By cooperating with young people we implement our socially responsible mission; we give them an opportunity and equip them with knowledge. On the other hand, to a company young people represent+ a challenge for the future. The activities related to the development of young staff are a part of networking; from a large base of young people mentored at VIVO, some become our employees, others external employees, and some stay our friends, fellows or clients in a long-term. I believe in the Life Learning Academia project. It is in great hands and has such a clear vision that it will survive in Slovenia and abroad. The state will eventually recognise its potential. Soon, we hope. The Learning Organisation Certificate is a proof of our good work and a challenge, a new reason to continue our way and achieve even more.
As Ombudswoman, I believe now is a crucial time. The current environment without any perspective has resulted in emigrations. This must force us to share positive ideas such as the Life Learning Academia project to help young people see their future in Slovenia. Young people possess a great amount of knowledge and we have experience. This can make a great combination. Some are afraid that the youth would surpass them and therefore do not include them in the working environment. I am not afraid of them. I want to be surrounded by the best advocates and am thus very pleased to collaborate with the youth. I encourage each one of them to show us an innovation, a new way. We had a great student with us, the best one at his faculty; he performed great at the placement and we were happy to give him the “Referenca” award, which will connect him with the positive values of our institution when looking for a job.
At our company, we usually hire young staff while they are still studying. Our leading staff have grown with us. What we like best about the Life Leaning Academia is that it is designed for the youth to obtain experience. Our company has the same vision of training our staff. The “Referency” awarded by our company communicates that a student exceeded, to a certain point, the framework of the academic knowledge, which is essential in our field of work, as we have realised that merely formally educated economists are often not mature enough to handle the practical work at our company. Students, on the other hand, learn that work is not only made up of economic theories, but they also learn about the hard factors used in our work.
Slovenia’s youth is exceptional; it has potential in various professions. What we lack is the ability to break through. I know that Life Learning Academia’s idea for the “Reference” award is great. The potential of our young people must be recognised at the right moment and encourage it. Such award can represent the right way and the determination to achieve outstanding results. In the today’s difficult time it is not easy to anticipate who should do more to help the youth, but the organisation of events such as this one shows that individuals are trying their best and are able to make an out of the ordinary achievement.
This collaboration project is not new to me. I have coached young people from all levels of education for years. This is a very grateful task, as it is the easiest way to recognise good potential, and at the same time the company is also learning from the youth. The “Reference” awarded by a good-standing company is an impetus and it communicates that an employer has recognised a perspective person. The Life Learning Academia project is extremely important and I believe it its success. The state should see its importance and give incentives so that more companies with good practices would decide to mentor the youth.