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ABB Industri­gymnasium

OUR MISSION

EDUCATION FOR A BETTER WORLD

Our mis­sion is ulti­ma­tely to educa­te our stu­dents to take on the chal­lenge of making our world a bet­ter pla­ce. For this, they need to deve­lop faith in them­sel­ves and others and learn to work toget­her to reach their goals. They need to deve­lop empat­hy, tole­ran­ce, an understan­ding of the world and an open mind. They need to work on their cre­a­ti­vi­ty, pro­blem-sol­ving skills and their abi­li­ty to com­mu­ni­ca­te their ide­as. And most impor­tant­ly, they have to practice making use of their know­led­ge to make a dif­fe­rence. This is what we aim at in our daily work, in our pro­jects and in col­la­bo­ra­tion with com­pa­ni­es natio­nal­ly and worldwide.

THE EDUCATION

THE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Tech­no­lo­gy is the cor­nersto­ne of our pro­gram and a fun­da­men­tal part of the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry pro­jects and the interns­hip for our stu­dents at com­pa­ni­es in Swe­den and abro­ad. Our ori­en­ta­tion towards Pro­duc­tion Tech­no­lo­gy is mani­fested in the spe­ci­fic cour­ses Pro­duc­tion Equip­ment, Pro­duc­tion Know­led­ge and Mecha­tro­nics. In the electi­ve cour­ses the­re is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to spe­ci­a­li­ze in a cer­tain field, such as tech­no­lo­gi­cal Design or sci­ence. But tech­no­lo­gy also recurs as a the­me in mat­hs, phy­sics and Eng­lish cour­ses and throug­hout the three years.

Tech­no­lo­gy is a lot more than just cal­cu­la­ting and drawing. It is also about pro­blem sol­ving, sustai­na­bi­li­ty and issues rela­ted to this. The­re­fo­re we have pro­jects whe­re we chal­lenge stu­dents to find solu­tions to pro­blems whe­re tech­no­lo­gy plays an impor­tant part. During their first year our stu­dents have two more exten­si­ve inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry projects.

In the final year the­re is a Diplo­ma Pro­ject whe­re stu­dents use their acqui­red skills to sol­ve a real pro­blem pre­sen­ted by a tech­no­lo­gi­cal company.

The pro­jects are also used to practice the stu­dents’ pre­sen­ta­tio­nal skills, both writ­ten and oral. For all pro­jects from semes­ter two onwards pre­sen­ta­tions are always made in front of an exter­nal audi­ence, con­si­s­ting of parents, com­pa­ny repre­sen­ta­ti­ves or politicians.

In our electi­ve cour­ses we have for­med dif­fe­rent pro­fi­les and toget­her with the other electi­ve cour­ses our stu­dents can custo­mi­ze their stu­di­es accor­ding to their inte­rests and pos­sib­le futu­re stu­di­es at university.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

This suits stu­dents who wish to spe­ci­a­li­ze in con­struc­tion and design, both practi­cal­ly and the­o­re­ti­cal­ly. You will become a mas­ter of 3D mode­ling and work with seve­ral pro­jects which will inclu­de desig­ning, cal­cu­la­ting and programming.
Equip­ment: Robots and calculators!


SCIENCE

The pro­fi­le for stu­dents who think that becoming a doctor is a dream job or that a rese­arch lab is the dream work­pla­ce. You do labs on eve­ryt­hing from molecu­les to the glo­bal eco-system, and dig deeply into che­mi­cal reactions.
Equip­ment: Rub­ber boots and lab coats!


INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The pro­fi­le for stu­dents who beli­e­ve that poli­tics is as impor­tant as tech­no­lo­gy when it comes to the futu­re of the world. You learn more about how glo­bal eco­no­mics, poli­tics and tech­no­lo­gy affect soci­e­ty and the environment.
Equip­ment: A Glo­be and the will to debate!


YOUNG ENTERPRISE (Ung Företagsamhet)

Young Enter­pri­se (part of the con­cept “Juni­or Achi­e­ve­ment World­wi­de”) takes pla­ce during year two. Stu­dents form groups to start and run a com­pa­ny during school hours. It starts with a busi­ness idea, con­ti­nues throug­hout the year with inno­va­tion, pro­duc­tion, mar­ke­ting, busi­ness plans, com­pe­ti­tions and exhi­bi­tions regi­o­nal­ly and natio­nal­ly. It is cre­a­ti­ve, chal­lenging and fun. This inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry cour­se with ent­re­pre­neurs­hip at its core deve­lops stu­dents’ skills in many other subjects.

ABB Industri­gymnasium has had gre­at suc­cess in Young Enter­pri­se com­pe­ti­tions, both regi­o­nal­ly and natio­nal­ly. In 2015, the school was named ‘Sweden’s Best School of Ent­re­pre­neurs­hip’ by the Natio­nal Board of Young Enter­pri­se, and in 2017 we were named Västmanland’s best Young Enter­pri­se school.

INTERNSHIP

You learn a lot in school but it is also neces­sa­ry to cre­a­te links with the world out­si­de becau­se this is whe­re you will make use of your know­led­ge. The­re­fo­re we have cho­sen to have two peri­ods of interns­hip at tech­no­lo­gi­cal com­pa­ni­es, one in Swe­den and one abro­ad. The Tech­no­lo­gy pro­gram is a hig­her educa­tion pre­pa­ra­to­ry pro­gram and interns­hips are not com­pul­so­ry but we have added them to give our stu­dents a head start. During the interns­hips stu­dents can test their newly acqui­red skills at a com­pa­ny and get a valu­ab­le expe­ri­ence of work-life. After the interns­hip some of the stu­dents also may get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work extra hours or get a job for the sum­mer. All stu­dents are given an assign­ment for the interns­hip to study the orga­ni­sa­tion of the com­pa­ny and how they work with LEAN and other aspects of Pro­duc­tion Knowledge.

INTERNSHIP

You learn a lot in school but it is also neces­sa­ry to cre­a­te links with the world out­si­de becau­se this is whe­re you will make use of your know­led­ge. The­re­fo­re we have cho­sen to have two peri­ods of interns­hip at tech­no­lo­gi­cal com­pa­ni­es, one in Swe­den and one abro­ad. The Tech­no­lo­gy pro­gram is a hig­her educa­tion pre­pa­ra­to­ry pro­gram and interns­hips are not com­pul­so­ry but we have added them to give our stu­dents a head start. During the interns­hips stu­dents can test their newly acqui­red skills at a com­pa­ny and get a valu­ab­le expe­ri­ence of work-life. After the interns­hip some of the stu­dents also may get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work extra hours or get a job for the sum­mer. All stu­dents are given an assign­ment for the interns­hip to study the orga­ni­sa­tion of the com­pa­ny and how they work with LEAN and other aspects of Pro­duc­tion Knowledge.

THE LANGUAGE INTRODUCTION PROGRAM

In 2016 ABB Industri­gymnasium star­ted the Lan­gu­age Intro­duc­tion Pro­gram. Here stu­dents who have recent­ly arri­ved in Swe­den study to qua­li­fy for furt­her stu­di­es at secon­da­ry level. The main focus is on deve­lo­ping the stu­dents’ lan­gu­age skills. Depen­ding on their pre­vious stu­di­es they may also take other cour­ses such as mat­hs, Eng­lish and sci­ence. Stu­dents who join the Lan­gu­age Intro­duc­tion Pro­gram at ABB Industri­gymnasium are gene­ral­ly plan­ning to go on study­ing sci­ence or tech­no­lo­gy. To get admis­sion to the Lan­gu­age Intro­duc­tion Pro­gram at ABB Industri­gymnasium you do not app­ly direct­ly to the school. Ins­te­ad “Are­nan” at Väs­terås Stad are respon­sib­le for the admis­sion process.

At our Lan­gu­age Intro­duc­tion Pro­gram we also work with ent­re­pre­neurs­hip and we are one of few schools in Swe­den invol­ved in Young Enter­pri­se wit­hin this pro­gram, with our stu­dents run­ning their own com­pa­ni­es. We see this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to practice their Swe­dish, establish a network and deve­lop their ent­re­pre­neu­ri­al skills.

CONTACT

VÄSTERÅS:
Robot­vä­gen 4
721 36 Västerås
Sweden

Hans Jakobs­son
Head Teacher/Principal Västerås
hans.jakobsson@abbindustrigymnasium.se
010-498 43 08

LUDVIKA:
Freds­ga­tan 27
771 32 Ludvika
Sweden

Lena Eli­as­son
Head Teacher/Principal Ludvika
lena.eliasson@abbindustrigymnasium.se
+46 10 498 43 38