Youth has become one of the groups at the highest risk when it comes to unemployment – young people, who are about to enter the labor market, are often challenged by the fact that their skills and experience are not enough to be compatible, which leads them to the situation of taking a job that does not match their interest or, in the worst case, they stay long-term unemployed before even having a chance to enter the market. An average European area rate is 15,7%, with Greece, Spain, Italy being at the tops with up to 40,4%. While Croatia being one of the highest with 20.6% (compared to an average of 17,3%) it is an important topic to tackle for Croatia & the EU.
One of the main reasons for structural unemployment is that a lot of young people choose a profession that is trendy but is not so much in demand at the moment (ex. lawyer or economist). The obvious solution – to motivate young people to choose a profession that is needed, might be efficient in theory, but also mean choosing something that the person is not passionate about. The other possible solution would be to create startups, engage in entrepreneurial activity, or become self-employed.
There is a clear need to step out of the frame of career guidance and to promote entrepreneurial thinking and motivate young people to use a creative approach for implementing their skills and passion in becoming self-employed or entrepreneurs.
This sort of a step requires a creative approach to what NGOs, youth workers, youth centers, and educators have to offer, to provide some basic knowledge of what is an entrepreneur, how to become one, what skills to develop, and what to start with. Youth workers and NGOs can play a key role in fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and skills. But often youth workers don’t have the necessary knowledge and tools for fostering this attitude in young people.
to further develop youth workers & leaders’ ability to develop entrepreneurial competencies in young people via non-formal learning methods and entrepreneurship education approaches;
To get an overview of the youth unemployment situation, support measures, and entrepreneurship opportunities in different European countries;
To introduce tools to youth workers for developing entrepreneurial competencies among young people;
To raise the role of creativity that drives innovation in entrepreneurship by analyzing case studies and good practices;
To raise the motivation of youth workers to promote entrepreneurial attitude amongst youth to get involved in entrepreneurship;
To raise the awareness of entrepreneurship as a career option by training youth workers to pass the knowledge and skills to young people from their communities;
To introduce possibilities for developing entrepreneurial attitude and skills amongst young people via project-based work;
The training is designed to equip participants with tools that can be used in daily work with young people and the learning outcomes of this training program are foreseen to be applied in the youth field through the use of methods, sharing the approach & project results.
By the end of the training course, participants should be able to:
Introduce the idea of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship to youth;
Help a young person to identify interests and present skills that could be used as a starting point;
Coach a young person during the process of defining the needs of further learning/development;
Be able to use a variety of tools to foster creative and entrepreneurial thinking;
Have enough information to support and mentor a young person interested in discovering entrepreneurship;
Understand how the Erasmus+ program can be used for further exploration of youth entrepreneurship subjects by young people;
Understanding of the concept of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, self-employed individual;
Comprehending the overall situation in participating countries regarding youth unemployment, entrepreneurial support structures, and challenges;
Understanding the role of creativity and out of the box thinking;
Understanding of the Erasmus+ framework and its possibilities to promote youth entrepreneurship;
Understanding of competencies needed to be developed by young people in order to have a potentially successful entrepreneurial way;
Using tools for promoting creativity such as creative writing/drawing exercises, mind games, brainstorming techniques;
Using tools and methods for promoting entrepreneurship such as entrepreneurial simulations, business games, student company frame, business pitch, and hackathon events;
Being able to organize a local hackathon or business simulation event in their local community;
Being able to support youngsters to discover entrepreneurial possibilities and mentor them in the early stage;
Being able to adapt various tools from the business environment in youth work such as elevator pitch, lateral thinking, critical assessment, business model canvas, and others;
Being positive to promote entrepreneurship and most importantly socially conscious entrepreneurship;
Being confident to support youngsters to discover entrepreneurship as a possible career.
Check out the team involved in making this project happen and find out more about their experience, role and input!
Jorge is passionate about projects and initiatives that promote the transformation and the evolution of individuals. He has been involved in the youth sector at the local, national and international levels for more than 7 years.
Founder & CEO
Driven by a strong will to learn and a very organized spirit, Gloria is the one in charge of planning, monitoring, and implementing project activities, communicating with partners, and ensuring that all the objectives are in reach.
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