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Entrepreneurship has been one of the areas of focus for UNESCO-UNEVOC, as defined in UNESCO’s TVET Strategy (2016-2021) as well as in UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Medium Term Strategy II (2018-2020). UNESCO-UNEVOC has been coordinating a series of consultations on entrepreneurial learning in TVET involving UNEVOC Centres and other TVET partners, to discuss the challenges of mainstreaming entrepreneurial learning throughout TVET systems.
The participants to the BILT workshop on Entrepreneurship in TVET discussed and analyzed innovative implementation approaches from within and outside the UNEVOC Network that deal with current challenges related to
The innovative examples presented during the workshop commonly demonstrated evidence of long-term planning and support from amongst a diverse range of TVET stakeholders in order to create conditions for success. A close engagement between industry and TVET institutions provided increased opportunities for upskilling and practical experiences for teachers, allowing them to stay aware of the latest trends and developments in their areas of focus.
Several examples covered the changing role of teachers as they become more mentors, which necessitates changes including a new ‘whole institutional approach’ or ‘community of practice’ that are evidence of the changing relationship between learners and teachers in entrepreneurship. As also seen in other BILT thematic work streams, partnerships between a range of stakeholders, combined with the flexibility in training systems and curricula, were enabling factors for success.
The workshop on Entrepreneurship in TVET was the third of five within the UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) project, which focus on the thematic areas of Greening, Digitalization/Industry 4.0, Entrepreneurship, Migration, and New Qualifications and Competencies. The BILT project aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and peer learning across the European UNEVOC Network within these thematic work streams.
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