GEP VET – Results from the needs analysis

Logo_GEPVETOn the 28th and 29th of April the second transnational meeting of the project team took place in Slovakia, Bratislava.
The main discussion points at the two-day meeting were: Wrap up of desk research & primary research activities: discussion of the issues and findings, and the development of draft train-the-trainer course and online tool box.

The research activities showed and confirmed that entrepreneurship has become an area of focus in the partner countries and at European level. However, there are still barriers in all countries that have to be faced. These are among others: the lack of inclusion of entrepreneurship related topics in the vocational education and training systems (VET), the partially ineffective teaching methods and the missing bridge to practice.During the needs analysis phase partners also explored good practice examples of how to teach entrepreneurship. The main findings are:

  • One of the main weaknesses seems to be that the training on entrepreneurship does not bring the necessary motivation to the students. It is very important to exploit the behavioural aspects of entrepreneurship, as well as including a practical application of the contents learned during the training.
  • It is important that the training programme provides added value to its participants in the labour market, e.g. increasing their chances of being successful.
  • The teaching materials and exercises that can captivate the learners and involve them directly in the training. These would also need to contain a practical application.

The findings from the desk research were complemented by an online questionnaire targeting both trainers and learners in the VET sector. The online questionnaires aimed at exploring the perception of entrepreneurship, opinions, needs, motivation and barriers to entrepreneurship. Its results are summarised in the needs analysis report that highlights also the most relevant skills and competences in regard to entrepreneurship; the existing/missing educational content on entrepreneurship in the VET sector and in-company trainings and future expectations of entrepreneurship education.

Please find the whole report here.

Based  on  the  analysis  of  the  gathered  information  from  the  questionnaires  in  the  four  participating countries,  an  appropriate  training  programme  for  trainers  in  the  VET  and  private  sector  will be developed,  in  order  to  foster  the  entrepreneurship  attitude  and  mindset  in the VET sector.