About the Project
According to UNESCO-UNEVOC, the introduction of entrepreneurial learning in VET institutions is an effective and practical means of cultivating transferable skills, that are essential and in high-demand, in a constantly changing world. In this context, the European Commission has published the “Entrepreneurship Competence Framework” and has highlighted the value of entrepreneurial competences in the Skills Agenda, so as to raise consensus about entrepreneurship education.
Nevertheless, the VET system is yet to adapt, so as to promote the competences that graduates will need to be equally integrated in the labour market. In addition, the competence of entrepreneurship, as well as the entrepreneurial readiness among VET graduates is low, as only an average of 32,6% of VET students participate in entrepreneurial learning programmes, that in most cases are not a compulsory part of their studies.
Based on the above and in a logic of lifelong learning, the following needs are created:
- Upskilling of VET graduates so as to be capable to launch their own business, and to ensure their equal and seamless access to the labour market
- Transformation of the training system, in terms of entrepreneurial capacities
- Design and development of resources and good practices for the active support of VET students in entrepreneurial initiatives (entrepreneurial methodology tools, networking opportunities, hackathons ect.)
- Inclusion of the fostering of the entrepreneurial spirit in VET, in mainstream policies.
Within this context, the EntreVET project is focused on fostering of the entrepreneurial spirit among VET students, so as to improve their integration in the labour market, through the upskilling of VET staff and teachers by improving and updating the operations, the procedures and the practices of the VET institution, in terms of entrepreneurship. This will be achieved through the creation of a Model Institution of Entrepreneurial Capacities.
The Main Objective of the EntreVET project is to create an open and entrepreneurship-friendly environment in VET institutions, which will enable VET students to start new business ventures and start-ups and improve their employment opportunities, within the EU labour market.
In order for this objective to be achieved, two Specific Objectives are set, that cover the two levels of action to be undertaken, during the EntreVET project. In detail, the first Specific Objective is to boost the entrepreneurial skills and competences of VET students, so as for them to be capable to engage in entrepreneurial initiatives. The second one, is to upskill the VET staff and teachers with key entrepreneurial capacities and competences, so as for them to transfer their entrepreneurial skillset to VET students, through their practices and working culture.
A number of activities, procedures and steps have been planned to be implemented, under the EntreVET project. In detail, the partnership is going to implement 3 Results, comprised by 13 Activities, namely:
- Result 1: Design and development of an Assessment Tool of the level of entrepreneurial practices with an embedded Certification Scheme
- Result 2: Design and delivery of the O.E.R. tailored to the entrepreneurial upskilling needs of the VET staff and teachers in VET institutions
- Result 3: Delivery of Policy recommendations
During these Results, the consortium is to develop:
- One Assessment Tool, which will be comprised by an assessment and evaluation methodology of the entrepreneurial practices of VET institutions, as well as a certification scheme for the award of a label of entrepreneurship. The award will be received after both the evaluation of the VET institution in question and the upskilling of the VET staff and teachers, via the OER developed.
- One OER tailored to the entrepreneurial needs of the VET staff and Teachers, comprised by one core curriculum and two specializations (one for each type of learner, VET Staff/Teacher).
- One Policy Recommendations Report, which will be communicated with both stakeholders and policy makers.
In addition, a total of 4 Multiplier Events are to be implemented, so as to present and disseminate the project results to relevant beneficiaries and stakeholders, the fourth one being a Final Conference in Brussels, so as to reach more policy makers at an EU level.
Within this context, the following results are being expected, during and after the implementation of the EntreVET project:
- R1: Boosting of the employability of VET students, via their upskilling on the entrepreneurial competences needed to become self-employed.
- R2: Enhancement of the attractiveness of VET education, due to the improvement of the employability of VET graduates and the adoption of innovative practices.
- R3: Increase of the position of VET institutions in ranking systems, due to the adoption of entrepreneurial practices, through the evaluation and award of a label of entrepreneurial competences.
- R4: Upskilling of VET staff and teachers, through the use of innovative, e-learning material in the form of Modules, leading to better understanding of the entrepreneurial skills and behaviour.
- R5: Increase of the entrepreneurial spirit among VET students, through their exposure to the entrepreneurial practices and support implemented by their institution.
- R6: Mainstreaming of the good practices of the project, at an EU level, through the reaching out to respective stakeholders and policy makers.
Association for Supporting Economic Initiatives Delta Partner - Project leader.
The main goals of the organization are to support the development of local governments, non-governmental organizations and enterprises. The main goals of the organization are: 1) Supporting local and regional development, in particular through active projects towards local governments and non-governmental organizations; 2) Promotion of entrepreneurship, especially among young people; 3) Projects for cooperation and partnership of three sectors: public, business and non-profit; 4) Support for the development of enterprises. The main idea of the organization is sustainable development for regions in Poland. 5) Social projects aimed at people with fewer opportunities. Delta Partner establishes cooperation with local governments and non-governmental organizations in various socio-economic projects. The organization's specialization is managing development through long-term strategies. The organization is involved in cross-border cooperation for economic growth (especially on the Polish-Czech border). Delta Partner also collaborates in promoting and disseminating the idea of the social economy.
European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME
European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME (Confédération Européenne des Associations de Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is the largest confederation of voluntarily associated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. We are a Brussels-based business federation which currently counts 25 European associations among its members, with more than 2.1 million enterprises, employing over 20 million people. It maintains relationships with 15 partner associations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We represent our members’ interests at the European Union’s institutions and work for their added value in terms of cross-border economic cooperation, trade and innovation.
The European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training
The European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB) is the European umbrella association of non-profit providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Its objective is the qualitative improvement of vocational education and training in Europe and beyond and to increase the efforts designed to promote VET as a first choice. EVBB has more than 65 members coming both from the private and the public sector and covers all fields related to initial, advanced and further education and training. Some key activities that have been with dealt with in EVBB projects are the quality assurance in vocational education, the promotion of practical orientation in vocational education and training, the integration of youth into society, the implementation of initiatives against long-term unemployment and the establishment of European networks in projects.
The Institute of Vocational Training AKMI
The Institute of Vocational Training AKMI was founded back in 1989 and today it is one of the leading Vocational Training Institutes in Greece providing post-secondary education, with more than 37.500 m2 of infrastructure in various cities in Greece, including one of the most highly profiled Campuses in the Country. Every year, approx. 15,000+ active students are enrolled with the aim to study one of the 107 specialties offered in 5 cities across Greece: Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Crete, Larissa.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice
Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice is an institution supporting small and medium size companies in the Silesian Region of Poland for more 30 years. We consist of more than 500 companies located in Poland and rest part of Europe. Our mission is to support SME and cooperate with the scientific, business, (self)government and government institutions to create the supporting environment for business in the World, we place great importance on the international cooperation of our organization, thanks to which we allow our members to develop on foreign markets. We are the organizer of the European Congress of Small and Medium Size Enterprises – the biggest event dedicated to SME in Europe.
BK-con entails broad experience in EU funded projects, at a development and implementation level. Being founded in 1994, we have over 30 years of expertise in transnational projects having participated in the design and implementation of a total project value that exceeds the budget of 4 billion Euros. We operate in a multicultural environment, speaking more than 6 languages, offering expertise in various fields including Education, Employment Policies and Social Inclusion. Our broad network of partnering organizations and experts exceeds Germany and covers the EU while we are also present overseas (i.e. Asia). We provide a wide bouquet of services, facilitating capacity building and quality assurance. Our intention is to use our experience to provide added value for organizations and partners at local, regional, national and transnational level, creating added value for our societies, in a sustainable manner.
Innovation Hive is a private non-profit organization located in Greece, specialized in the fields of research and innovation. Our actions aim to enhance the economic and social cohesion of European societies while our goal is to find solutions to the new innovation challenges, achieve growth, sustainability and maximize the impact to the society. The organization’s philosophy in order to achieve these goals is based on co-creation methodologies and a quadruple helix approach. The engagement of stakeholders from industry, science and society is aiming to create links between the businesses, the academia and the civic actors in order to develop a combination of knowledge, skills, tools, values and motivation. The final goal is to make the difference in local societies and to succeed at the highest level the principles of social innovation concepts.