Identifying and sharing good practice in entrepreneurship training

Identifying good practice in entrepreneurship training not only helps policymakers, businesses and training providers share knowledge and know-how, it can lead to improvements in training policy and its implementation.

The European Training Foundation (ETF) is a specialised EU agency that helps its partner countries harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems.

By sharing good practice in entrepreneurship training, we support the training community by pinpointing and publicising the knowledge and expertise of training providers. This supports innovation across our partner countries, and keeps policymakers up to date on what training works well, under which conditions and at what cost.

HOW DO WE SHARE GOOD PRACTICE?

We publish key examples of good practice in entrepreneurship training through our online good practice platform. It’s a place for educators to learn from and comment on new approaches, and to connect directly with other training providers. Policymakers can also use a dedicated space on the platform to network and share questions and experience on aspects of training policy.

Our annual good practice forum brings policymakers and selected training providers together for face-to-face discussions on how to shape policy and how individual examples of good practice can be used to fully benefit the training community.

HOW DO WE IDENTIFY GOOD PRACTICE?

The good practice examples shared on our platform are selected via an annual call for proposals. Submissions from our 2017 call, which focused on training for internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises and the teaching of entrepreneurship as a key competence, are currently being assessed.

All submissions are evaluated by other training providers working in the same field. They  use the ETF good practice score card as a base, which consists of a set of an assessment framework and a set of five good practice criteria:

  • training needs analysis
  • design of the training programme
  • the training environment
  • monitoring, evaluation and improvement
  • marketing and dissemination.

FOLLOW OUR SERIES ON GOOD PRACTICE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING

Throughout autumn, Vocational Education Exchange will be sharing some examples of good practice in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship identified by the ETF. Our October edition features a case study on a highly successful entrepreneurship programme in Israel, which challenges students to turn product ideas into reality. Look out for more good practice examples from the ETF in our November and December editions.

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