Cooperative study programmes mean that students can study at university whilst undertaking practical work in a company. Generally speaking, these programmes last between three to five years and involve a high level of education which combines both theory and practice so students can leave with excellent career prospects.
What's in it for companies? They can train their junior workforce according to their company's own policy for employee development and combat the lack of skilled labour in doing so. After a student graduates from a cooperative study programme, they are still young , highly motivated and with at least three years of work experience under their belt - a highly-qualified specialist for the company to employ.