Agentura profesního rozvoje (APR) - Agency of professional development

Project information

Index: 0523R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location CESKA REPUBLIKA CESKA REPUBLIKA České Budějovice Jihozapad Start/End date of the practice
Start: Oct 10, 2007

Topic of the practice

management of human resources, university cooperation with business and administration sector, employment, know-how exchange

Good Practice Information

The Agency of Professional Development provides students in the Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia with links between the theoretical knowledge acquired during their university education and the practical skills that are essential for graduate employability in skilled jobs and to facilitate their further career growth. The activities of the APR include 1) Career Start, helping students to find jobs before their graduation. Students attend an interview with professional personnel and are matched with selected positions. 2) Professional fellowships allow students the opportunity to develop their experience, skills and abilities, to build business contacts and prepare them for work. Fellowships are organized in cooperation with major companies, particularly in the South Bohemian region. Students receive a salary from the employer during the time of their fellowship. 3) Career advice oriented on improvement of "soft" and communication skills. 4) Manager Shadowing Program aimed at graduate students' participation in the daily work of managers and project teams. Students can learn about the workload of managers, gain skills and learn methods of decision making and management in practice through observation, discussion and participation in selected activities. Managers can receive from students new approaches to solving problems and also meet potential employees.
APR cooperates with several major companies and actors in the South Bohemian Region. These companies and organizations play a key role in the region in the terms of labour and financial management and/ or regional development. APR has signed the cooperation with: Procter and Gamble, VZP ČR (the biggest health insurance company in the Czech Republic), EURES - European job mobility portal, Profesia - job portal, Bosch, Zeelandia, Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka, a. s. (ČSOB) is a universal bank operating in the Czech Republic, Schneider Electric, Danone, Česká pojišťovna – the largest all-purpose insurance company, Kooperativa - the second largest insurance company in the country, AWD, OVB, Local Action Group Strakonicko.

Evidence of success

In 2010, APR provided in cooperation with Procter and Gamble: a massive survey related to the competencies of the USB students (887 respondents), organization of workshop "Working for multinational corporation" (35 students from the Faculty of Economics), meeting with top managers in Prague (47 students). With ČSOB: participation on the Job opportunities exhibition and set of lectures and workshops about management of human resources (129 students). With PricewaterhouseCoopers: workshop on testing of staff for manager positions. With VZP: participation in the job opportunities exhibition. With Danone: support of the USB students' participation in an international management competition (15 students). USB job opportunity exhibitions organised with the cooperation of European Telecom Consulting and EURES (32 exhibitors, participation of 3 000 students). The website of the APR offers in cooperation with Profesia – job portal list actual free job positions in the economic sphere in the whole country.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Simona Pazderová

Agentura profesního rozvoje (APR) - Agency of professional development - Faculty of Economics - University of South Bohemia

Annex completed on: 04-12-2011

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