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Making Education Work

Making Education Work

Transforming education for youth employment in the agri-sector

Want to deliver the next generation of entrepreneurial and hands-on graduates?

Welcome to our 3-month blended learning programme for lecturers, instructors & researchers at universities or vocational training centres in agriculture and rural development. 

Are you looking for ways of motivating your students to participate actively in your courses? Are you challenged to develop curricula that prepare competent graduates for the labour market or for even start their own business? This course helps you to create links with the labour market and match the demands of the private and public agricultural sectors.

'Making Education Work' will help you gain the skills to have classes full of proactive students who are eager to learn!

Your work will have great and meaningful effect when you know how:

  • To conduct a labour market assessment and define a competence profile that will include prospective employers’ needs in your course curricula
  • Design sessions where students practice the skills they need to get a job
  • Give a convincing presentation to your students using video tools

Combine your teaching tasks with service delivery to farmers, agri-businesses or civil society organisations

  • By designing real-life learning events for your students to practice the skills they need to perform in the ‘real’ world

"A cross cutting course, an eye opener which must not be missed by anyone in higher education. A pure remedy on all problems of our education system. It taught us to be inclusive in our education system. Including all stakeholders for the betterment of our societies." 

Pedzisai Matimbe, iCRA Alumni from Zimbabwe

What kind of course is this?

The course 'Making Education Work' is a three-months blended learning programme. It combines the advantages of group learning and digital (on and offline) learning instruments.

In the group training you will learn from people from different contexts, getting exposure to other realities during real-life case studies and field visits. During the group training you will also be exposed to interactive learning and facilitation techniques.

The digital instruments will allow you to learn in the time that suite best to your agenda. It will also assure application and adaptation to your own context, while being coached by trainers with a wide range of experience.

Course components

Two-week group training in the Netherlands (residential/in-person)

You will learn how to link your classes with the future job reality of your students by identifying the needs of the labour market. You will learn practical ways to go beyond conventional teaching methodology in your courses. Based on your fellow participants’ cases you will learn to assess students’ competencies beyond the traditional exams. You will also visit Dutch education institutes to see these tools in action.

You will learn to present with impact and use video as a tool to sell your key message to your students and trainees. You will learn how to create more interaction in small and large audience and motivate student to take a pro-active approach. 

Digital modules (online)

The digital modules consist of audio and video files, transcripts, ready-made templates, background reading and practical assignments deepening the materials dealt with in the face-to-face training.

Individual coaching (online)

You will get personal feedback from the iCRA trainers and fellow trainees on your practical assignments as well as coaching as you apply your learnings in your own context. We help you achieve your personal learning objectives and beyond

Online mastermind sessions (online).

During online group mastermind sessions, you can ask all the questions you like and discuss and reflect upon common challenges with your fellow trainees and iCRA trainer.  

Who can attend this course?

The course is specially designed for professionals who... 

  • Are ambitious and want to make a change
  • Are ready to invest 2-4 hours per week in the month before and after the two-week group training  
  • Have at least five years professional experience, preferably in tertiary agricultural education and training or a related field
  • Are proficient in English

 Click here to meet your iCRA trainers!


This course is a recognised NUFFIC course and therefore qualifies for OKP & MENA Scholarships. Each course participant will receive a certificate of attendance after successfully completing the course.  


Date and venue

15 - 26 March 2021 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (23 Feb - 30 April full programme incl online learning)
16 - 27 Nov 2020 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (14 Oct – 23 Dec full programme incl online learning)
The November course above has been transformed into an online version. It is spread over the period 14 Sep - 11 Dec 2020, 6 - 8 hours a week for 12 weeks




Due to the current issues around COVID-19, our April and November 2020 courses planned in Wageningen have been temporarily transformed into online courses, due to the current travel restrictions related to COVID-19.  All course participants were informed personally and we will keep them updated on developments.  

Course costs

Tuition fee: 4479 Euro

cost options  

Note: Price is excluding 21% VAT. Please contact iCRA to verify whether VAT applies. In some cases, VAT can be reclaimed by the employer

Terms & conditions for courses

Scholarship information
& application form

MSP application opens on 2 September 

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