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Entrepreneurship in TVET


Rapid technological, environmental, social, and workplace changes require innovative responses towards workplace skills and business development. In this context, transformative entrepreneurial skills and competencies are not only important for entrepreneurs in the classical sense, but also increasingly sought after by employers. These include problem-solving, initiative, teamwork, creativity, emotional intelligence and other soft skills. TVET institutions are expected to emphasize the teaching of entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to prepare modern employees and potential future entrepreneurs.

A main challenge for embedding entrepreneurial learning in TVET is the development of curricula that provide students with real-life, active learning experiences to acquire entrepreneurial skills. Subsequently, effective implementation of entrepreneurial learning requires providing support to teachers and trainers, who act as catalysts of change within TVET systems. Finally, rethinking traditional pedagogical approaches and practices is needed to make teaching and learning entrepreneurship practical and relevant to real life.

TVET response

The BILT Project provides TVET institutions with a platform to discuss the implementation of entrepreneurial learning to make TVET more innovative and attractive to students, teachers, trainers, and potential employers. Partnerships and close collaboration between TVET stakeholders can help bring these positive changes. For instance, cooperation between businesses and TVET institutions provides increased opportunities for upskilling and in-company practical experience for teachers.

Using an ecosystem approach supports mainstreaming of entrepreneurial learning in order to make it available to every student at every level of education. UNESCO-UNEVOC's entrepreneurial learning ecosystem below demonstrates several areas of action, including policy-level strategies, curricula, support for pre-service and in-service teachers, non-formal learning, and support for start-ups.

Entrepreneurial learning ecosystem in TVET (UNESCO-UNEVOC, 2019)

To learn more about successful responses to the entrepreneurial learning challenges implemented by the institutions of the European UNEVOC Network and beyond, please consult the BILT Innovation and Learning practices and the BILT Workshop on Entrepreneurship summary report.

BILT Innovation and Learning practices

Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges

Submitted by IFTE, Austria
This programme responds to an increasing need for modern methods to teach entrepreneurship to TVET students. It offers entrepreneurial challenges in different fields, which can be combined in multiple ways and implemented at all levels of TVET. Thank ...

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Submitted by Tknika, Spain
To be competitive in society and the workplace, young people increasingly need diverse skillsets such as entrepreneurial learning, networking or creative thinking. In response to this, the ETHAZI Learning and High-Performance Model introduces a new m ...

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Entrepreneurship Education

Submitted by Innove, Estonia
To address the increasing importance of entrepreneurial competencies in the world of work, Foundation Innove has developed new teaching methodologies and training content for entrepreneurship education for TVET. The result is the creation of entrepre ...

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BILT thematic workshop - Entrepreneurship in TVET

Summary report
This summary captures the key outcomes of the thematic BILT Workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in TVET’, held at TKNIKA in Basque Country, Spain, on 30-31 October 2019.

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Entrepreneurial learning in TVET

Discussion paper
Globalization and technological progress have led to the world changing at an unprecedented pace, affecting the way we live, work and learn. As young people seek to acquire new skills to navigate their way towards successful futures, transformative e ...

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