Innovative Vocational Social Entrepreneurial Training

Acronym

INNOVENTER
Priority axis Enterpreneurship and Innovation
Specific Objective Territories of Knowledge
Call 1st Call for Project Proposals
Lead Partner National Federation of Employers of Disabled People
Partners Albania Community Assist
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
DYEKO - Support Network for Entrepreneurship and Social Economy
Management Consulting Association MCA2000
Marie Curie Association
University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"
Observer Partners VIVES University College
Budget 833.110,76


In view of the common needs and challenges of BM area such as slow growth, weak competitiveness, low level of entrepreneurship and a lack of innovative entrepreneurial training in the field of VET and non-formal learning, the project INNOVENTER combines strengths and opportunities of the partners to address these challenges by creation of a learning framework to promote social entrepreneurs competences and skills.

The core idea is to establish VET oriented social entrepreneurship (SE) training for SME entrepreneurs so that they innovate themselves, while at the same time also engaging disadvantaged people as employees. A gap that exists between commercial and SE will be addressed. The project embeds concepts of Social Business Initiative (Social economy and Entrepreneurship) with commercial entrepreneurship, embracing characteristics of a social enterprise and it will thrive to stimulate companies to be managed in a more open and responsible manner. Main project outputs all nationally adapted will be tailor-made ECVET compliant training courses on SE with curriculum, learning modules and handbook, online and mobile training platforms with interactive tools for SMEs and supporting knowledge database, mentoring program and employment issues.
The training will be piloted and implemented through induction sessions, extended distance learning sessions and training sessions by joint team and involving a cohort of local trainees. Core end-users are decision makers in SMEs, social enterprises and business organizations. Indirectly disadvantaged groups and social economy sector will benefit subsequently. VET trainers will acquire more experience on SE theme. The real benefits and impact on the area will be the increase of competitiveness, innovation and employment levels of SMEs.

The approach is through combining in a logical sequence creation of learning content, online platform and piloting of the training courses to trigger learning cooperation scheme encompassing VET institutions and to implement innovative means injecting social aspects in the entrepreneurship training to enhance SMEs competitiveness discovering unused resources. A multi partner country approach is effective tool because the issues at stake are valid for all countries, while the elaborated training material and procedures require to be adjusted to local needs and regulations.

Such novel training content and teaching approach supported by e-learning platforms and mobile applications does not exist yet in the partner countries and will create a set of social entrepreneurial skills that can be embedded in VET training bolstering trainees competences and social responsibility.

The project adds value by networking of more than 40 VET organizations and 840 people from all partner countries in the field of SE and by creation of the basis toward further proliferation of social innovation in BM area.
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