Title ENTReVET - Developing an Entrepreneurial Climate in VET Sector
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147130
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project ENTReVET achieved that an extensive exchange of ideas was initiated at the involved VET schools, what "business education" means at institution of vocational education, which requirements are imposed on the teachers face and how goal-oriented basic entrepreneurship skills can be developed for the trainees. Therefore the project has contributed to new thinking in the European debate on "entrepreneurial education" in the context of lifelong learning and helped to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in training and learning.
The innovative approach of the project ENTReVET consisted of the enhancement of the entrepreneurial skills of teachers with the aim to organize of "entrepreneurial learning" in a "entrepreneurial climate"
In several discussions with the teachers and economy representatives, a consensus was reached what "entrepreneurial climate" means at a vocational institution and how it can be measured. Here the teachers have focused on their "entrepreneurial style of teaching" thinking.
A new (first) project internal label was developed. The certificate “VET School department with strong entrepreneurial climate" was the first time awarded publicly.
This approach was adapted to Turkish conditions and has experienced its highest point in the presentation of the first award for "Best entrepreneurial VET school" by the Turkish Ministry of National Education at the closing conference of the project ENTReVET in Ankara.
Specifically, the goal of "entrepreneurial learning" in VET school has been reached by the transfer, discussion and development of appropriate teaching and learning methods with emphasis on "mini companies" (transfer product from a previous LdV project EdYcate). Thus, in particular in Turkey, the entrepreneurial skills of teachers through workshops, involvement in the business environment (new partnerships school / business) have been strengthened and in a pilot phase, a novel for Turkey concept through the development and establishment of mini-companies at the 5 pilot schools has been implemented.
The sustainability of project results ENTReVET is ensured by the fact that the certification process started will be continued after the end of the project, in southern Saxony-Anhalt by the Association for the promotion of vocational education for young people. In Turkey, the Ministry of National Education, Department for vocational education of girls will extend this competition to other VET schools.
The need to start with "entrepreneurship education" at very early age, especially in vocational education has been mainly underlined by the practice partners in the project ENTReVET many times. The experience of the former Territorial Employment Pact (Pact Zeitz - one of the pilot projects of the then European Initiative), and the results from previous Leonardo da Vinci project EdYcate regarding entrepreneurial teaching and learning methods were specifically transmitted to the field of vocational education.
The partners Zeitz could clearly show primarily the Turkish partners the benefits of close social partnership, the Turkish partners have participated with great interest in the discussions and events of the Pact for Labour Zeitz, which were focused mainly on creating good conditions for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial climate. The lessons learned there were intensive discussed in Turkey and the methodology developed in Germany and the first criteria were adapted to Turkish conditions.
The teachers in German VET institutions could learn a lot from the Turkish teachers in terms of willingness to provide their own style of teaching to the test and to participate in other experiences.
The methodological approach to the formation of mini Companies, provided in the Train-the trainer seminars (conducted by the Slovenian partner), has been implemented in Turkey systematically and with great success. It benefited both the teachers and the pupils of the learning process, but also the school management has recognized how valuable partnerships are with economy.
The actual establishment of 6 genuine Mini Companies in the Turkish market was strong supported by the project partners, but also by the teachers of the pilot VET schools and the newly acquired business partners, in this dimension it was not expected. By transfer of the German experience on the benefits of social partnership school and business and in particular the strong support of the Slovenian partner for the Turkish pilot schools, the Turkish public has reacted with enthusiasm to the implementation of this new concept in entrepreneurial education.
This is evident for example the comprehensive support of the local authorities / cities at the opening of the mini Companies, but also in the willing cooperation of business enterprises and administrations with the schools in all phases of preparation of the mini Companies. The enthusiasm of the Directors of the 5 Turkish schools (for girls) has been transferred to the teachers and the students, the immense support of the new "Mini Companies " by the Turkish Ministry of National Education (it was as easy financial assistance for the purchase of an important means for production for a mini-Companie granted) and also the practical support of the cities where the VET school is situated (for example, appropriate sales areas for the new Mini Companies featured in a prime location) - all that shows that the approach “Mini Companie” and “”entrepreneurial climate” has been accepted by the Turkish stakeholders.
The Ministry of National Education, Vocational Education for girls has said that this approach is disseminated systematically. In a next step, other professional schools are supported by the 5 pilot schools for the purposes through coaching. The aim is to include this methodology into the curriculum after the successful evaluation of the second pilot phase and to implement this approach at all 600 vocational schools in the area of responsibility of this department.
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The process of enlargement of the partnership's “VET school / economy”, the discussions at the VET institutions, was "entrepreneurial climate / education" means at all, which entrepreneurial skills must have the teachers to give students appropriate entrepreneurial basic competencies, resulted in the development of new label "VET school department with strong entrepreneurial climate. The first certifications were awarded with high public interest.
The findings were presented in a "Manual for the development of an entrepreneurial climate at VET institutions”.
The transfer of experiences and development of experimental teaching and learning methods and approaches to teaching entrepreneurship skills among students with special emphasis on "mini companies" has been very successful implemented in Turkey with the establishment of 6 mini Companies in the 5 pilot schools.
The guideline, developed in the project is complementary to the EdYcate manuals and is focused primarily on Turkish users, but also contains the discussed findings by the project partners in Latvia Eurofortis. The guide provides additional information, especially for a Turkish "mini company" model and is a result of a participatory approach of stakeholders who were involved in project implementation. A special feature is the chapter "lessons learned" which can be viewed as a source of inspiration.