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Leonardo da Vinci 2008-2010

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LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME
Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Partnerships 2008/2010
E.C.E.S.
“European Cookbook for Entrepreneurial Skills”

 

Description of the Partnership

The project sets out to build learners’ confidence and “self-marketing skills” within the broader context of entrepreneurial education to improve opportunities for progression into sustainable employment. The project involves six partners from Sweden, Germany, the UK, Lithuania, Austria and Italy, who aim to:

  • Explore ways to motivate learners to discover and develop their entrepreneurial competencies for the labour market;
  • Develop tutors’ skills to deliver innovative training in entrepreneurial competencies, through exchanging ideas about teaching techniques practised in their institutions.

We will produce a “cookbook” of good practice, comprising contributions from learners, tutors and managers who study or work in different vocational and educational contexts. Successful approaches to developing learners’ entrepreneurial skills, piloted in one institution, will serve as a model for more effective programmes of study across the partnership.
Activities will include presentations and exhibitions at local level to promote innovative techniques in enterprise training delivery and to disseminate information about the European labour market and cultural differences in the business environment.
Finally the project will pay particular attention to the dissemination of the “European Cookbook” to participating organisations and more widely through the utilisation of existing professional networks at regional and national level and the exploitation of web-based technology.

Partners

Official protocol

Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Partnerships:
ECES: European Cookbook for Entrepreneurial Skills

First meeting

at John Bauergymnasiet in Eskilstuna, Sweden in November 19-23, 2008

Attending: Head of business Jani Pokkinen; Louise Östling Arsenio, responsible for international projects; assistant principal Sofia Jonsson; Principal Mrs Ester Gargano; Mrs Isabella Gigante, assistant principal; Mrs Eleonora Orlando, responsible for international projects; Kathy Howard, Quality Improvement Manager; Hazel MacGregor, Learner Support Manager; Beate Hedrich, Managing Director; Vera Lieder, Managing Director; Monika Brunner, Culture Manager.

Diary:

  • Certificate of attendance
  • Presentation of our institutions
  • Content planning

European cookbook – for students and trainers: practical things for students and trainers to do in the class room

Chapter 1: Getting to know yourself
Getting to know yourself first, what are the gaps, what do you need to learn,

Chapter 2: Selling yourself
Learning how to write a good CV, embedding different subjects and skills,

Chapter 3: Discover the gaps themselves

Chapter 4: Group dynamics

Chapter 5: My goal

Ideas:

The layout should be done as a cookbook. PDF-file on website to download. Some printed copies.

Tip from Kathy of a good website for ideas:
Excellence Gateway: http://teachingandlearning.qia.org.uk/

  • Inaugural meeting to plan the project in detail: Who visits who when, revising plan for the countries left. Lithuania was not approved means and our traveling agenda was therefore changed. Partners have now agreed on the following plan:

    end ca March 25-29, 2009 (before Easter): Bari, Italy (flights Milano (Easy Jet to Bari), Bari, Roma,
    ca May 13-16 2009: United Kingdom
    August 7-9 or 21-22? 2009: Austria
    30 September – 3 oktober 2009: Germany
    June 2010: Sweden

  • Research methods to be used by all partners in collecting information:

    What is done in Sweden, Austria, Germany and Italy in our schools while working in entrepreneurial business? Experience based studies in our own countries and classes, comparisons with our partner countries. Observations and procedures will be observed and written down.
    Students need especially to do the right research before starting a business: forms need to be written, laws need to be obeyed, environmental laws need to be obeyed. The students also need to know how to access support and research into trends.

    All the countries collect materials for the cookbook, present it on the internet (facebook, webpage – partner countries will try what works) for the partner countries to try and comment. Mobile cameras may be used to collect material, visual aids, sound -- more than only text-based material.

  • Elaboration of intermediate evaluation procedures – questionnaires, discussions, check 5.9 in application, discuss how we will evaluate, what will work, ideas in QAS

    Questionnaire provided by Eleonora “How good is our project” is found to be too detailed; Monica has another questionnaire she will send out when she gets back. Eleonora recommends M-tool.org on the internet which we look at for inspiration during our round-table discussion. Students should also fill in questionnaires on future visits when they’re with us.

    Round-table discussion:

    What was good: The amount of time given to activities was good, not too crowded and packed. Good variety of activities. Not only theories but examples and practical evidence with student presentations. The hotel was liked (City hotel), close to the school, train station and city center.The information beforehand was good, and it was good that everybody stayed in the same hotel. The presentations of our schools were also important. The snow was also appreciated. The visit to a traditional Swedish restaurant (Jernberghska) as well. Learning of Swedish customs (e.g. free lunch for students) comparing it with local customs in other countries, and the visits to the Munktell science park (entrepreneurial business) and the art museum were also good activities.

    Regarding the project, a lot was decided in a short time. We now have a better idea of what to do and feel good about it. Since we haven’t all met beforehand, it was a relief to find out we all have the same ideas. The goal is clear and it’s much easier to see where we’re heading. We all come from very different background with very different institutions which means we all have a multitude of different ideas to share in our entrepreneurial cookbook. The partners are impressed by our educational system and school in Sweden.

    Involvement of local entrepreneurs with the Munktell Science park and local company “Underbar design” med Glenn Karlsson. They informed us about their projects and we informed them about ours. Exchange of ideas.

    What could be better in the future: The guests would like to see more of the city. The forms could have been prepared beforehand. As this is the first visit, we haven’t yet encountered problems we might encounter in the future. We’re still in the phase of getting to know each other.

    The next visit will be in Italy and the partners would appreciate meetings with especially business students and see the local customs, the relationship between school and work for a possible future exhange in work experience.

  • Dissemination of material

    Idea book should be given to local entrepreneurs.
    Idea book in electronic copy to the different National agencies.
    Links from our own school homepages (all John Bauer schools in Sweden)
    Links from the national agency sites to
    website when finished: Europeancookbook.com

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