Entrepreneurship competence in vocational education and training

Lead Partner
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

The main purpose of the study Entrepreneurship competence in vocational education and training is to better understand how entrepreneurship competence is embedded in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe. This will involve identifying related challenges and opportunities and gauging how these vary across different countries.

The study aims to answer two main research questions:

  • To what extent and how do the dimensions of entrepreneurial learning ecosystems facilitate acquiring entrepreneurship competence in VET in Europe?
  • What policies, methods, tools and approaches best support embedding entrepreneurship competence in VET?

In answering these questions, the study will:

  • Seek new evidence about how entrepreneurship competence is embedded in Initial VET (school-based and work-based, including apprenticeships) and what are the differences between VET and general education, and between VET forms/types.
  • Map and analyse how national entrepreneurship education policy is perceived, interpreted, and enacted by VET providers (including companies) in their practices.
  • Complement existing knowledge about methods, tools and approaches that support learning, teaching and assessing the entrepreneurship competence.

The study’s geographical coverage: eight case study countries (Italy, Latvia, Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Sweden).

The study methodology consists of the following steps:

  • Literature review and analysis at European and International level;
  • Literature review and analysis at national level
  • Field research at the VET providers’ premises
  • Data analysis

FGB will also work on developing a toolkit of good practices specifically for VET to inspire policymakers, social partners, VET providers, researchers, and other stakeholders about the available options concerning how to improve entrepreneurial learning ecosystems to VET.

FGBs research team is composed of Līga Baltiņa (Project Leader), Slavica Suncica (Research Team Leader), Daniele Morselli, Ivan Diego, Terence Hogarth, Maria Laura Fornaci (core research team) and a team of national researchers and thematic experts.