Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “MEM: Ideas to Actions”

Erasmus+ project title: Meaningful Entrepreneurial Mindsets. Ideas to Actions
Project acronym: MEM: Ideas to Actions
Erasmus+ Key Action: key activity 2: Strategic Partnerships for support of innovation in VET sector

Erasmus+ project No.: 2019-1-LV01-KA202-060430
Implementation period: 01.10.2019 - 31.08.2022 (35 months)
Budget: Funding from the European Commission - 129 706, 00 EUR (100%)
Beneficiary, lead partner: Liepaja Marine College
Partners:

  1. Berufliche Schule des Kreises Nordfriesland in Husum – Germany
  2. DOREA EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE WTF – Cyprus
  3. Cesme Ulusoy Denizcilik Teknolojisi Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi – Turkey

Target group: VET students and staff of institutions involved in the project

PROJECT SUMMARY

Idea

Education for entrepreneurship can be particularly effective in initial vocational training, as students are close to entering working life and self-employment may be a valuable option for them. Entrepreneurship is included in the national curricula for vocational education in a majority of European countries, at least to some extent. However programmes and activities included in those figures may differ greatly in intensity and effectiveness. In any case, there is in general a perception that there is still a gap to be filled.

Some major reasons for the gap identified are the following:

  1. entrepreneurship is not included in all parts of the VET system;
  2. student participation is limited;
  3. teaching methods are ineffective;
  4. the practical element of entrepreneurship is missing;
  5. teachers are not fully competent;
  6. entrepreneurship is not linked to specific training subjects or professions;
  7. business people are not sufficiently involved.

Despite some encouraging data, it appears that the uptake and the effectiveness of entrepreneurship education in European vocational schools are still far from being fully satisfactory. The partners of the present project to a larger or smaller extent observe the majority of the above mentioned drawbacks in their curricula, especially in relation to the technically-oriented programs. It has been proved, that regardless of the vocational training area, the most effective way to teach entrepreneurship is to have students participate in practical projects and activities, in which learning by doing is emphasized and real experience with entrepreneurship is gained. Problem-driven and experience-oriented education is essential to fostering entrepreneurial mindsets and abilities.

Activities

The partners will commonly develop an intellectual result – an educational online platform, which will include an introductory course about starting a business in English aimed at secondary-level VET learners. This educational platform and the online course incorporated within it will be a starter-pack to creating a businesses. It will cover a progression of topics necessary for successful business creation.
The WEB platform will have several sections:

  1. Project description;
  2. Online course – freely available to the general public;
  3. Success Stories – interviews with young businesses;
  4. Video lectures;
  5. Interactive map of support providing organizations, and other sections devoted to business development and implementation, and more.

To achieve the above stated, the project will also involve several learning activities:

  1. Short-term joint staff training event in Cyprus on online course development.
  2. Short-term exchanges and blended mobilites of groups of pupils between the partner institutions – these will involve learning through real experiences with young businesses and business supporting organizations resulting in creation of additional contents for the platform.
  3. International conference – VET education for entrepreneurship.

Aims
The aims of the present project, amongst others, are developing those personal attributes and generally applicable skills that form the basis of an entrepreneurial mindset and behavior, raising students’ awareness of self-employment and entrepreneurship as possible career options, boosting entrepreneurship in education through creation of an attractive teaching and learning tool, and providing specific business skills and knowledge of how to start and successfully run a business. The partners hope to increase the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship among the players of the VET sector and promote education for entrepreneurship.

Project website: here

Project news and progress

Newsletter 1

Project contact person:
LMC Project Specialist/ Erasmus+ Coordinator Kristīne Zariņa, erasmusplus(at)ljk.lv,

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