Title Grow Entrepreneurship Potential in VET Institutions
Project Number 2013-1-BG1-LEO05-08716
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Entrepreneurship is a topic of increasing importance across all EU countries. Despite the fact that most of them have developed various entrepreneurial programs, the topic is still rarely part of a VET program or labour market course.
Therefore, the main goal of the GEP VET project is to promote entrepreneurial culture among teachers and learners. The project aims to contribute to the development of entrepreneurial mind-set and behavior among adults involved in VET and labour market trainings through adaptation and transfer of a training course and a handbook previously developed in the EU Project PECAE http://www2.spi.pt/pecae/.
GEP VET develops further the training curriculum with new and updated to the current needs modules. In addition, the GEP VET Online Toolbox is available via the project website, which contains an online platform enabling trainers to test the training needs of their target groups and to access online the whole GEP VET training curricula.
The importance of entrepreneurship for economic growth, employment and social cohesion is widely recognized across Europe and manifested in numerous strategic documents in the last decade. As the most recent Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan of the European Commission shows, entrepreneurial skills are among the most important transversal skills of the 21st century which support growth and business creation. Thus, “Investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the highest return investments Europe can make”.
The current project GEP VET (Grow Entrepreneurship Potential in VET Institutions) was initiated to tackle exactly the issue of fostering entrepreneurial learning among young adults involved in VET, and to contribute to some European initiatives as the VET-Business forum and Sector Skills Alliances. The project takes as starting point the previous Grundtvig project PECAE (Promoting Entrepreneurial Culture in Adult Education www.pecae.net). PECAE aimed at raising awareness about the importance of entrepreneurial skills among teaching and training organizations by developing curriculum for adult trainers, teachers and educators on imparting entrepreneurship as a cross-sectoral topic into already existing course curricula.
The GEP VET project has the specific goal to transfer and develop further the educational and training products of PEACE to new countries – Bulgaria, Slovakia and Germany, where entrepreneurship is high on the political and economic agenda, and also into a new educational context – in formal VET institutions as well as informal labour market trainings. The entrepreneurial training contents from PECAE will be integrated in the training methodic of Bulgarian, Slovakian and German VET trainers and thus, enable them to promote the dissemination of an entrepreneurial mind-set among their trainees, including such with socio-economically disadvantaged background.
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Based on adaptation and enlargement of the PECAE main products - handbook and Grundtvig course, GEP VET will create the following core products:
• a train-the-trainer programme which includes live trainings and continuous support through online coaching of the VET trainer during their teaching practice
• An online-toolbox of training materials which can be freely combined by VET trainers into entrepreneurship training units according to their specific needs incl.
• A booklet, which describes the methodology and the usage of the toolbox
• Podcasts with successful entrepreneurs serving as role models
• A methodology for evaluating and assessing entrepreneurship competence development, based on the LEVEL 5 approach
• An internet platform where the before-mentioned products can be accessed
The consortium led by CATRO Bulgaria includes experienced trainings providers with complementary expertise in VET, and key competences trainings, incl. entrepreneurship, which will guarantee the successful implementation of the project.