BESPOKE (BusinESs PresentatiOn sKills for Employability)

Project aim:

Fostering digital business presentation skills to enhance employability in the European labour market

Objectives of the project:

  1. Developing a methodology handbook on adapting the main features of pitch presentations to various academic subjects of applied undergraduate business programmes
  2. Using this methodology, training faculty members related to particular academic subjects on developing digital pitch-type presentation
  3. Developing an online learning material for students to prepare for digital pitch-type presentation in various academic subjects
  4. Piloting digital pitch-type presentation by students, with the involvement of representatives of employers
  5. Creating a "digital portfolio of professional competence" on the project website with edited videos of the recorded presentation and the following discussion

Main activities:

  • Discussions with employers to identify topics for digital presentations and to link them with subjects (courses/modules/units in the curriculum of each partner's undergraduate applied undergraduate international business programme: Entrepreneurship, Sales/Marketing, Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Finance/Investments and Sustainable Business Development
  • Forming subject-specific groups with faculty members, out of which at least 1-1 sub-group could work in German and in French
  • Training of participating faculty members on safe and inclusive ways of digital cooperation with stakeholders (an expectation in the Call), and on digital “pitch-type” presentations
  • Joint design of digital “pitch-type” presentations for the academic subjects by the trained faculty members
  • Joint implementation of pilot digital subject-specific “pitch-type” student presentations: attended by faculty members from various partners and by representatives of employers, asking questions from, and giving feedback to the presenter
  • Creating a "digital portfolio of professional competence" with edited videos of the recorded presentations and discussions, to enhance the students' employability

Planned results:

  • 2 intellectual outputs: 1/ a methodology handbook on adapting the main features of pitch presentations to various academic subjects of applied undergraduate business programmes, and 2/ an online learning material for students to prepare for digital pitch-type presentation in various academic subjects
  • A “train-the-trainers” training course for selected faculty members
  • Multi-country working groups related to selected academic subjects
  • Pilot pitch-type digital student presentations with active involvement of representatives of employers
  • 5 project meetings
  • 5 multiplier events
  • Project website with digital portfolio of students’ professional competences

Potential longer term benefits:

  • The pitch-type presentations will be introduced to the curricula of applied undergraduate business programmes
  • These applied undergraduate business programmes will be deployed in double degree partnerships