Entrepreneurship Education in Vocational Education & Training
We're living in a world were the acquisition of life long skills is becoming one of the most important aspects of employability. Entrepreneurship is one such skill and it very important to instill in our students the entrepreneurial spirit which will give them the capacity to create their own opportunities. This is the premise behind the 'Entrepreneurship Education in Vocational Education & Training' (EEVET) project which will provide entrepreneurship training to VET students in Malta, Turkey and the UK.
Education for entrepreneurship can be particularly effective in initial vocational training, as students are close to entering their working life and self-employment may be a valuable option. However, a real focus on entrepreneurship is missing in pre-tertiary and VET education since the main objective is, most often than not, to find employment. This is the reason why the project partners decided to play an active role in promoting entrepreneurship education in secondary schools and VET institutions.
The project, which started in March 2017, is composed of 2 phases. Phase 1 will focus on researching the ecosystem surrounding entrepreneurship education in the partner countries and develop a training module that address the needs highlighted in the research. Phase 2 will bring together 15 VET students and 5 VET teachers, from each partner country, together in Turkey to be trained in entrepreneurship and receive first hand advise from successful entrepreneurs.
The partners in the EEVET Project, apart from Creolabs, are the Gohlisar District Education Directorate from Turkey and the Education Learning Network from the UK. They will be exchanging good practices and experiences to develop a common entrepreneurship module that promotes creativity, innovation and self-employment that can used in both personal and professional development.
The EEVET project is financed by the EU's Erasmus+ Programme.
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The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs
Birkirkara Community Innovation Centre
The Local Government Community Innovation Fund (CIF) seeks to fund new responses to pressing social demands, affecting social interactions within communities and as a result transforming them. A powerful tool for developing regional communities, the programme enhances the role of local government as a catalyst for empowering growth, allowing local communities to find targeted solutions for their specific regional needs, with the potential for transforming the lives of individuals within each Region. Through the CIF, beneficiaries will create a learning network of organizations that will work together to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in the following priority areas:
A. Social integration,
B. Building stronger communities, and
C. Regeneration of the urban social fabric.
The project aims to develop dynamic and principled processes and structures which encourage participation of all individuals residing in the Maltese Islands. Integration does not mean coerced assimilation or forced integration, but rather indicates an interest in forming and mending conditions of social disintegration – social fragmentation, exclusion and polarization.
Building Stronger Communities
The objective is to fund small capital projects will deliver social benefits. The desired outcome of the programme is to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribution to vibrant and viable communities.
Regeneration of the Urban Social Fabric
Such projects aim to create viable neighborhoods by strengthening community facilities such as transforming buildings that in ways that can enhance the quality of life of community members, modes of improved travel to include travel modes to favor disadvantaged sectors of the population, improving the environmental sustainability and aesthetic appeal of neighborhoods while re-engaging the surrounding community.
Creolabs in partnership with the Birkirkara Local Council will be working on the implementation of this ambitious project.
The general objective of the project is to develop an educational and training capacity for the Birkirkara Community Innovation Centre (BCIC). This will be achieved through 5 distinct work packages that will strengthen and uplift the community within Birkirkara and the surrounding localities within the Central Region.