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Joining the Dots: Creating Entrepreneurial Networks
Start date: Dec 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Recent economic downturn (since 2008) and the severe recession of the major EU economies has undoubtedly raised the alarm among policy makers, resulting in different types of EU programs such as Erasmus+, indicating that the European Union has been turning the attention on both the education and training programs which are primarily interwoven with various ramifications of entrepreneurship. This statement could also be reflected by the conclusion that indeed, there is an open space for talented, fully-skilled entrepreneurs, which is constantly widening; accordingly, EU has endlessly been attempting to set a fertile ground in order to provide alternative –but applicable- methods, capable to inspire the potential entrepreneurs to construct their new firms.Youth workers who are currently ‘working’ on entrepreneurship, must be continually updated, in the dynamic environment of entrepreneurial education, to mainly enhance-or even generate- a pure ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ which will possibly give an impulse to youngsters in order to learn how to create new entrepreneurial initiatives on their own. Simultaneously, the high demands and the intense competition which characterize the entrepreneurial sector in the recent years, require capable youth workers who are continuously being updated in correlation to the dynamic environment of Entrepreneurship. Taking for granted all the above facts, the specific training project which focuses on the important notion of ‘networking’, is seeking to bring together the majority of the organizations with a specialization on the entrepreneurial fields, in order to accomplish the following targets:(1) The development of an on-line space, through which the young participants (members of organizations with a specialization on entrepreneurship), will propose methodologies for the development of innovative trainings concerning the field, and which will stand for both their quality and high standards in relation to the entrepreneurial education. (2) The exchange of good practices, and particularly non-formal methods of education on entrepreneurial fields, thus seeking to motivate youngsters to be involved with the entrepreneurship.(3) The implementation of activities that widen participant’s network, with an emphasis on the eliminations of general problems that youngsters might encounter during the demanding stage of implementation of their entrepreneurial plans in their local communities.(4) The sharing of well-established non-formal methods and techniques, suitable for both the empowerment and enhancement of those youngsters deriving from the alleged ‘marginalized areas’, (including groups of immigrants, people with disabilities or even women deriving from countries which cultivate gender discriminations) in order to encourage them to take entrepreneurial action.(5) The creation of potential partnerships and future collaborations, through which new projects concerning KA1 and KA2 action will arise. The “Joining the Dots: Creating Entrepreneurial Networks” training hosted in (London), (UK) by (AR Vocational Education & Training Ltd - ARVET) from 20 February to 23 February 2017 in cooperation with partner organizations from CR, CY, CZ, IT, LT, PL, PT, RO and SK aims to fill the gaps and enhance Entrepreneurial knowledge among youth workers, especially those from NGOs which may have difficulty in expanding or even carrying out their duties during recessions and need Entrepreneurial spirit to sustain themselves or even kick-start new projects. Lessons learnt during this training will go a long way in supporting these NGOs and their youth workers by developing new, entrepreneurial activities to develop their organisations helping sustain local and regional communities.
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