Title The Development and Promotion of Youth Enterprise Services in Central Europe
Project Number UK/07LLP-LdV/TOI-008
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text This is a project to encourage the development of youth enterprise services in bodies such as vocational schools and regional development agencies in Central Europe.
The current project is the third in a series knows as the Youngbusiness.net (YBN) projects that started in 1999. Through working with a variety of Partners in Central Europe, the projects have led to the creation of Youth Enterprise Centres in Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland and Romania.
The present project - YBN.3 - aims to spread the method of youth enterprise learning and counselling developed at Wandsworth Youth Enterprise in South London to new agencies in Eastern Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Former Partners are also taking part, helping to cascade the training and counselling methods to the new areas.
In adition, the project aims to raise the profile of youth enterprise in the region through a series of promotional events, and also to set up a Society to carry on with the work once current project funding ends.
The project has now ended, with important achievements to its credit. Numerically the targets of young people helped, young people trained or counselled and youth business start-ups have all been exceeded. The number of ethnic minority young people helped was almost at its target, and may actually be over it if allowance is made for under-reporting.
In addition, 3 regional events in Slovakia, Hungary and Romania were successfully held with audiences of local business-people, educationalists, government officials and practitioners attending (although the numbers were not quite what had been expected, largely due to the poor financial situation.
The Final Event was held on 15 October at the British Embassy in Budapest with the Ambassador attending tgether with an informed audience of about 70 people.
The Society for the Promotion of Youth Enterprise in Central Europe was set up in February 2009 with premises in BYEC's offices in Budapest.
The project has 3 main parts.
- first it aims to spread youth enterprise practice to new centres in Ibrany and Nyiregyhaza in Hungary, Moldava in Slovakia and to Sfintu Gheorghe in Romania, with the help of former partners (the Budapest Youth Enterprise Centre, the Neumann Janos Vocational School in Eger, Hungary and the Regional Development Agency in Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia).
- Secondly it aims to raise the profile of youth enterprise in the Central European region through a series of promotional events. 2 of these have been held in Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia (June 2008) and in Eger, Hungary (October 2008), with a third planned for Sfintu Gheorghe, Romania in May 2009.
- Thirdly, the project aims to set up a Society to carry on with the work of promoting youth enterprise in the region once the current project funding ends in October 2009.
Generally all these aims have now been met - see Summary section, above.
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
audio or video cassettes
transparency and certification
Product information The UK Managing Partner, EDW/WYE, has a great deal of information about the project and its achievements, as indeed have the other 7 Partners. If you would like to know more, please contact Michael Maning-Prior, the project Director, on 0208-355-3430.