Partnership

UK – Cementafuture Ltd (coordinator),non profit / Non governmental organisation (NFP-NGO)

PT – Associação Humanidades, non profit / Non governmental organisation (NFP-NGO)

TR – Girişimci İş Kadınları Derneği, Non-profit associations (NFP-ASC)

PT – I.Zone Knowledge Systems, S.A., For profit organization

Summary

In a rapidly economic changing world facing unknown climate change issues, Green Entrepreneurship offers a range of new opportunities for groups disadvantaged both in society and on the labour market. Young people looking for opportunities through to older workers looking to up skill and have additional income in their 3rd age.  The Green Entrepreneurship project creates a culturally diverse partnership across EU Member States to develop innovative frameworks and training to foster and support new Entrepreneurs.  The project recognises the different skill sets needed by entrepreneurs in terms of lateral thinking, motivation, determination, networking, and problem solving.  Green Entrepreneurs need to be able to identify new opportunities and have a passion to follow their ideas through. These are not skills provided by mainstream educational courses.

The nature of Green Entrepreneurship means that those with entrepreneurial spirit have the opportunity to link new business ideas to a wide range of green issues. The project tools and learning materials will help the target groups to explore the vast array of new and unexplored opportunities in the green sector and through Climate Change.

The Green Entrepreneurship project will develop a range of innovative learning approaches and tools to help potential entrepreneurs think laterally, explore new ideas, problem solve barriers/challenges faced, seek out new opportunities and learn how to engage others to help their ideas become reality.

The project partnership will use Green Entrepreneurship study circles and a closed user social networking tool to support entrepreneurs non formal/informal learning and develop their transnational networking across the EU and accession countries.

Project Objectives:

• Develop a Green Entrepreneurs Training needs analysis

• Develop a Green Entrepreneurs Training programme

• Develop a Green Entrepreneurs tool kit to stimulate lateral thinking with regards to cost effectiveness

• Develop a social networking facility for Green Entrepreneurs

• Develop a Green Entrepreneurs study circle.

 Problems addressed:

There is little entrepreneurship training materials available to help the project’s target group of:  offenders leaving prison and in the community/long term unemployed/young people/ women/lone parents/older people, facing exclusion due to age/ individuals with disabilities.  There are programmes which look at enterprise skills, but none which focus on the unique skills/motivations of an entrepreneur.

Currently training materials to stimulate Green Entrepreneurship training is non-existent, particularly in terms of the project’s target group.

There is currently no networking facility in the EU to allow Green Entrepreneurs to create transnational study circles, to learn together/share innovative ideas.

Approach to achieve objectives

These objectives will be achieved though creation of a Leonardo Partnerships Network, embracing culturally diverse partners from North West Europe, North East Europe, South Europe and South East Europe.  All partners have experience working in Adult Education, enterprise training, green training issues/strong local/regional links in the green sector.  Each partner brings specific skill sets to the project from practical application at a grassroots level to engagement/training of diverse groups.

Each partner will draw upon their experience/links within Adult Education/green training issues in their member or accession states, sharing ideas, good practice during partnership meetings to support development of the Green Entrepreneurship project tools/concepts.

The project will use the Cementafuture “Open Space” closed user intranet site for transparency of day to day communication/for partner practitioners to transnationally develop the new tools, concepts and training methodologies.

In year two of the project, each partner will hold a national dissemination/mainstreaming event for practitioners, new green entrepreneurs and policy makers.  The project dissemination strategy will link into national/EU Commission strategies for increased Green SME start ups, carbon reduction and increased environmental awareness actions.

Impact on learners, staff and participation institutions

Learners will:

• explore the ideas behind Green Entrepreneurship and why it is important to them

• undertake a training user needs analysis, which will identify new training needs to help them develop as Green Entrepreneurs

• test the training methodologies/material produced, thus increasing their Green Entrepreneurship.  This will impact on the learners behaviour and will be transferable to new career possibilities/to their personal home life

• develop a greater awareness of other European member state cultures, languages and behaviours.  This will support their awareness of the cultural/ethnic diversity of the EU and the wealth of opportunities offered as being part of the exciting/diverse EU society.

• through transnational working learn informally much about the differing work practices  in other EU member states

• through transnational working learn informally about green issues/entrepreneurship  in other EU member states

• make friends/contacts in differing EU member states at both a work/social level, thus developing their European Citizenship.

• develop their EU contacts beyond the life of the project through their engagement in the Green Entrepreneurship Social Networking site/through the Green Entrepreneurship study circles

Staff from project partner organizations will:

• share information, ideas and new concepts with similar training practitioners in other EU member states.  This facilitates the sharing of good practice/supports the personal development of staff.

• learn about work practices, green issues and new approaches to training/learning gained from the differing EU Member states.

• learn about new cultures and have to embrace differing work practices/languages.

• learn new ideas through the differing blend of organizations involved in the partnership from, Academics, to green issues experts,  entrepreneurs and NGO based trainers.

The impact on organizations will be:

• The creation of sustainable relationships with like minded organizations providing innovative training in entrepreneurship, green entrepreneurship, green issues and engagement of non traditional learners into learning.

• Through joint working and the sharing of differing work practices and ideas, organizations will embrace themselves changes in their own work practices and organizational culture

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