Title Be (Business enterprise ) Inspired
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-503
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The Be Inspired Project focused on identifying, documenting and disseminating best practice in business, enterprise and entrepreneurship for people with intellectual disabilities across Europe. The programme exposed people with intellectual disabilities to entrepreneurial thinking, action, and real life problem solving.
The Be (Business Enterprise) Inspired Project aimed to promote business enterprise and entrepreneurship for adults with intellectual disabilities (AID), in a way that was both innovative and inspiring. The project enabled the partners involved in the project to take an existing award winning Business Enterprise programme tailoring it to meet the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities, as their was currently no programme available for AID of this type. This programme exposed trainees to entrepreneurial thinking, action and real life problem solving.
The Be Inspired Project focused on identifying, documenting, and disseminating best practice in business enterprise and entrepreneurship for people with intellectual disabilities across Europe.
- To develop an accredited business enterprise programme for AID that aimed to make self-employment a real option and also inspired entrepreneurial spirit and thinking
- To develop an enterprise / entrepreneurship course that promoted entrepreneurial thinking, action and real life problem solving for trainees with disabilities.
- To Identify, document, and disseminate best practices for entrepreneurship education and thereby increasing AID understanding, appreciation, and support of enterprise. The project also strengthed existing programmes and articulated future needs for entrepreneurship education for AID within the EU.
- To promote self employment as a valid career option for people with disabilities
- To provide a course on leaving school to advance skills and learning for AID away from traditional paths.
The BE INSPIRED project was promoted using an innovative approach to business enterprise amongst the target group but also in the diversity and experience of the partners representing three organisations who were delivering services for
people with disabilities, two Further Education Colleges, and a specialist multi-media consultancy SME. Each partner was selected for:
- Their specific VET expertise
- Experience in working with AID
- Experience in the delivery of European funded programmes
The overall tangible outcome of the project was the development of an accredited business enterprise course for people with intellectual disabilities using multi media and blended learning.
The impact of the project is it will produce a business enterprise programme based on existing materials and targeted at people with intellectual disabilities, which will be marketed effectively through networks including the European Union of Supported Employment and its member countries.
Also the course term will be mainstreamed to further education colleges, and Vocational training organisations across Europe, and thereby increasing entrance to labour market.
Work packages in the project included:
- Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
- Materials Adaptation
- Technical Realisation
Partners involved in the project were from Ireland, Spain, Portugal , Uk Finland and Italy.
The partnership was originally constituted and worked within a genuine spirit of cooperation and open and frequent communication seeking to learning and develop the Be Inspired Project Together
The first work package : Training Needs Analysis involved working with AID/Ds,trainers, employers, parents/carers, and experts across Europe to ensure the correct focus of learning material. A key objective of this work package was to deepen partners’ existing knowledge of the skills and talents of people with ID and the need of an course to develop and encourage entrepreneurial skills on leaving school
This was a fundamental starting point for the project and ensuring that the knowledge was collated to provide a well grounded basis for the development of the training course, to propose principal themes and module titles for the new learning materials of the course, and too identify and disseminate good practice within the VET and voluntary sector , to developing entrepreneurial skill and talent amongst people with ID.
A project logo and project website were developed and designed to enhance project identity - www.beinspiredeurope.eu and a Twitter account was set up to promote the project @ beinspired_eu. It was agreed by the partners to communication using e-mail and to use Basecamp (a project management tool) for all agreed project information and to liaise on project updates.
Dissemination contact databases have been established by each country and dissemination to those contacts took place throughout the project.
A promotional leaflet was produced and disseminated with an initial project launch at the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) bi-annual conference in June 2014, attended by 540 delegates from Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia. The project pop up stand was displayed, and the promotional leaflet and newsletter distributed.
The project has produced a final project and course called Be Inspired to promote entrepreneurial thinking for people with intellectual disabilities throughout Europe.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Product information The project has produced a final project and course called Be Inspired to promote entrepreneurial thinking for people with intellectual disabilities throughout Europe.