The project ‘Developing and Embedding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the vocational curriculum in Thailand: sharing UK innovative practice’ has won the UK National Enterprise Educators Award: FE Team Enterprise 2017 at the National Enterprise Educator (NCEE) Awards on 7 September 2017 in Glasgow.
Our Thai partners sought to strengthen the Thai economy through the creation of more small businesses and to improve students’ entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to meet the needs of the small and medium sized enterprise job market.
To support this, the project aims to:
- develop a learning programme that could form the basis for integrating entrepreneurship education into the Thai vocational education and training curriculum
- design and facilitate professional development activities for teachers and incubation (start-up) managers working in colleges across Thailand
- provide recommendations for wider implementation.
In 2016, with the support of the British Council and the Thai Ministry of Education’s Office for Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM, based in Wales) developed a new approach and curriculum for student enterprise and entrepreneurship for vocational education in Thailand. The new approach and curriculum is now being piloted in Thai colleges. For the second phase of the project GLLM were joined by 2 additional UK colleges - South Eastern Regional College (SERC, based in Northern Ireland) and Hertfordshire Regional College (HRC, based in England), and together they have worked jointly to support Thai colleges as they implement the new programme providing mentoring for educators and building sustainable partnerships between UK and Thai institutions.
The project focuses on some key areas of activity:
- field research with Thai stakeholders including policy makers, entrepreneurs, intuitional leaders and educators, graduate start-ups and vocational education and training learners
- identification and extensive mapping of existing UK accredited enterprise learning programmes against Thai government priorities
- development of a Level 2 entrepreneurship curriculum, comprising three modules: Mindset; Motivation; Business Planning and Models
- action learning workshops to ensure appropriateness/suitability with key Thai enterprise educators
- design and facilitation of a four-day educator development programme for 30 educators working across Thailand
- provision of mentoring support to five Thai colleges to design high-quality teaching materials and develop partnerships.