Training community actors to foster entrepreneursh..
Training community actors to foster entrepreneurship education
Start date: Oct 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2017
The initiative wants to transfer and adapt a model of promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education based on the key concept that education, and in this case entrepreneurship education, happens everywhere, particularly in those environments in which children and young people receives first education (family, school, local community). The original project was developed in Extremadura and has involved 38 AMPAs (parents’ associations) teaching them basic concepts and methodologies so that they help their children to be more entrepreneurial.
With that focus that entrepreneurship education has to be "taught" at school and outside school, that is as a formal and non formal education transversal content, the aim of this project is that parents, trainers, youth workers, public authorities have to receive a basic training to enhance and facilitate (as facilitators) the talent of young people, whether they still are students or not, so that they all acquire basic and transversal entrepreneurial skills. If these environments and their operators are not ready to transfer entrepreneurial competences, skills and knowledge, young people will not be able to start thinking, acting and seeing themselves as entrepreneurial EU citizens.
Therefore the consortium is made of 7 partners that ensure reach to local community actors (Public Authority in charge of local policy for employment and entrepreneurship), one European network representing one of the target group (teachers), two experts organizations on the topic of entrepreneurship education, a technical partner in charge of the networking and e-learning platform, a partner with experience in research and analysis and the last partner with wide experience and representation of training activity for community actors, operators (families, teachers, social workers).
The structure of the project that will last for 24 months will be based on five phases. The first one will be an analysis and research work to better understand context and needs of local community actors with regard to entrepreneurship. The second step will focus on project implementation mainly through the transfer and adaptation of original project to new target group. The third phase will consist on two sets of the new training pilot sessions, first at national level and then at European level, taking into account between the two sessions applicability of contents of first session to the daily work of participants and adaptation to real detected needs for the second one. The pilot test will be a training the trainers activity. The programme will include different contents (concepts, techniques and tools, alternative education references, entrepreneurship examples, etc.) that will be addressed through a learning by doing method.
All the contents developed for, during and after the pilot sessions will be available for any EU stakeholder through a social platform. It will be the channel used for a repository of lessons, tools, videos, and exercises making the experience of the target group lasting even after the pilot phase. Each partner will also host a final dissemination event to make public the results of the two-years project so that any local, regional or national entity is able to exploit this EU-shared knowledge.
We expect several impacts for the project. The direct impact on the community operators participating in the trainings will be partly intangible (motivation, awareness) and partly tangible (knowledge acquisition, posterior use of the techniques learnt for their daily work). Their belonging organisation will gain new insight in how to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit in young people and also in the overall community. The local/regional community of each partner/participant will also be more aware of the need to work on new approaches towards entrepreneurship. The partners will improve internal competences making them able to exploit project results and outputs to expand their field of activity.
The indirect target groups include families, school teachers, children and young people, but also policy makers, by having a community aware of the importance of entrepreneurship for all. The VET sector and trainers will also be reached.
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