“Entrepreneurship in Education is about inspiring entrepreneurial potential. People need the mindset, skills, and knowledge to generate creative ideas, and the entrepreneurial initiative to turn those ideas into action“.
This is the definition of the European Commission given to explain the theoretical framework and the necessary link between the school systems and the European labor market. (Source: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/strategicframework/entrepreneurship_it).
Other sources are also important points of reference, such as
“Entrepreneurship Education: Enabling Teachers as a Critical Success Factor”.
“Teaching Toolkit for Entrepreneurship Education”.
Besides this, we are also always doing research and developing our materials.
JUMP in 2016 started an international cooperation partnership for a KA2 Erasmus Plus project titled “SO-VET. Social entrepreneurship as an alternative for young unemployed” which gave as result a long term training course for potential social entrepreneurs on social business. The course is still online for free and it can be attended in several languages.
After this important experience, JUMP developed an Erasmus project titled “Cultural Studies in Business” in the field of university exploring how cultural studies can cross and improve the actual business studies. The project results are very actual and useful, especially the proposed innovative Master Degree curriculum titled “Cultural Studies in Business”.
Furthermore, JUMP is the leader of another Erasmus project to create a business culture among youths and is about to start a new project on Circular Economy.
The team of trainers and project developers gained experience in the field of “Entrepreneurship education” also called “financial education” researching the very actual trends of studies but also being concrete involved in the business, administration, and project management. The team is expert in entrepreneurship and is continuously developing methods and making practical activities for different beneficiaries to help and support the existence of a “culture of entrepreneurship”.
Teachers starting from middle school can develop a progressive program of business education teaching with students at secondary grade a level of understanding and practice which can be the key for the future professional development of the new generation of workers in general and in specific of the new workforce of the business sectors. Developing a business is not something far from what can be done at school, starting from children and going on until the end of secondary school. Teachers, parents, and students have to develop entrepreneurial skills and work together in synergy acting as “potential entrepreneurs”: networking, creating a long-term vision, innovating, and training minds to use “divergent thinking’ .
This training is pure innovation and is challenging because it can be for different kinds of learners: teachers, “company staff members”, coaches and educators in general. Why is this training also for schools? According to our point of view, company staff members can also be teachers, school directors but also students and university students but we don’t believe that schools are like private companies. This doesn’t mean that schools can empower the skills and competencies of the team members like in the private sector.
As a small company in a local context, schools are at the center of a potential “business development plan” and this training will foster the growth of those competencies useful to improve a situation of poverty and lower development to a better one, also based on links with the labor market and with a local business. Potentially, schools can become cooperatives, social companies, and small and medium businesses at the local level thanks to a component which makes schools more powerful than what we imagine. What’s that? Creativity! JUMP training is conducted by experts in the different fields and can be also tailored according to partners’ needs and specific KA1 project’s aims.
- develop a wide understanding of Entrepreneurship education, the EU framework, institutional documents and guidelines and its role in the school system
- strengthen relevant skills for an Entrepreneurial teacher to be shared with students
- discover existing projects and available tools in this field to foster entrepreneurship and financial education at school
- learn to create educational activities, lesson plans and business/entrepreneurial projects at school
- develop the ability to discover new trends in education and introduce them to students fostering creativity and critical thinking.
To read the full program explore the dedicated page on our website and enrol to the course, ask for info and how to join us in the next session!