Τraining course on the art of Entrepreneurship.
Programme: Erasmus+ Key Action 1: Mobility of Youth Workers. Training Course.
Project identification/ contract number: 2016-2-CY02-KA105-000783
Project duration: 01/10/2016- 30/04/2017
Dates of the training course: 19/11/2016- 25/11/2016
Number of participants: 33
SEAL CYPRUS, Cyprus (Coordinator)
UNIque Junior Enterprise, Albania, www.unique-je.org
EVROPSKE CENTRUM MLADEZE BRECLAV – EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTRE BRECLAV Z.S., Czech Republic, www.eycb.eu
LUUPUSE SELTS, Estonia, https://www.facebook.com/luupuseselts/
Associazione culturale Nieddi, Italy, http://www.associazionenieddi.it/
Mokymosi idejos, Lithuania, http://www.mokymosiidejos.lt/en/
ADELSlovakia, Slovakia, www.adelslovakia.org
Silver Fox North East CIC, UK, www.silverfoxne.co.uk
AIESEC Azerbaijan/ Telebelerin Iqtisadiyyat ve Menecmentlik Assosiasiyasi, Azerbayjan, www.aiesec.az
NGO ITTA, Ukraine, http://ittayouth.com/
MAIN THEME OF THE PROJECT
Entrepreneurship. Acquisition of competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) to improve personal development and employability. Support of the professional development of those who work in the field of youth to improve the quality of youth work across Europe.
CONTEXT & BACKGROUND
The project was a sequence of various local and international training courses organised by SEAL CYPRUS to promote Entrepreneurship among the youth. The partners were chosen based on their aspiration to become more efficient in supporting their target groups; to guide, support and inspire young people in their entrepreneurial ideas. In February 2016, 4.381 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU-28. High youth unemployment rates do reflect the difficulties faced by young people in finding jobs, especially females and youth with disabilities. According to the DG for Enterprise and Industry, there is a lesser appetite for entrepreneurship in Europe compared with our main competitors. Only 37% of the EU citizens prefer to be self-employed or an entrepreneur to being an employee (51% in the USA and 56% in China). With ARTrepreneurship the partners were seeking to address the issue of Youth Unemployment and to promote Entrepreneurship Education as a way out of it.
- To develop key skills and competencies of Youth Workers, Youth Trainers and Youth Leaders in Non-formal Entrepreneurship Education.
- To reinforce the capacity and international scope of organisations active in the youth field to promote Entrepreneurship with educational activities and initiatives to address the needs of young people.
- To empower young entrepreneurs to pursue and realise their business ideas.
NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS
Part of the project was a training course which brought together 30 participants from 10 countries – Cyprus, Albania, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Ukraine. The participants in the training course were Youth Workers, Youth Leaders, and Youth Trainers active in the youth field and willing to build their skills and capacity to develop quality initiatives and educational activities to promote entrepreneurship. They all had diverse backgrounds and levels of experience in the field of entrepreneurship. Priority was given to people with disability status, to those who were registered as unemployed in their Public Employment Service and to those with low income based on their income-tax return certificate. Of all the participants of the “ARTrepreneurship” project, 5 were people with disabilities.
ACTIVITIES & METHODS
The project included a 7-day training course and ten days for personal learning commitments, peer learning, online work, etc. During the training activity, we used the Business Model Canvas, popular strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. All working activities aimed at fostering intercultural learning and exchange between participants from diverse backgrounds. The methodology included:
- Formal and non-formal participatory methods (team building activities, energisers; world café, live library, case studies, brainstorming, meetings with successful startupers, presentations, info-sessions, simulation games, reflection groups, and more);
- Learning by experience;
- Creative learning (through drawing, textiles, photography, music, etc.);
- Mentoring, to support participants to develop their project ideas.
Read more in the Project Summary
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