The Youth into Businesses training course,  took place between January 20-25, 2020 in Târgu-Jiu, Romania, with the participation of 21 youth workers from Romania, Italy, Armenia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Georgia and Spain. The activity took place within the project Youth into Businesses, a project funded by the European Union through Erasmus + Key Action 1, Youth mobility projects.

The training course aimed to train 21 youth workers to develop their skills and knowledge to support entrepreneurship among young people.

Projects objectives

-To provide space for disadvantaged youngsters to develop self-employment and personal skills by
participating in learning by doing entrepreneurial activities.
-To provide a space for sharing experiences and good practices between youth workers from the
partner countries in developing self-employment and personal skills of disadvantaged young people
-To foster operational capacities of youth workers and partner organizations in addressing youth
unemployment through exchange of experiences, approaches and strategies in entrepreneurship
programming
-To develop youth workers competences in designing and carrying out systematic, meaningful and
proactive entrepreneurship programs that enhance youth self-employment

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES of the Training Course
– To advance professional competences of youth by providing meaningful, holistic and continuous support for young people with desire to start a business
– To discuss/debate and further develop supportive actions for sustaining the entrepreneurial journey of young persons interested in starting a business.

The main activities of the training course:

First Session

Barriers to entrepreneurship:

  • identification of barriers to entrepreneurship in disadvantaged youngsters – the youth workers have been challenged to identify through brainstorming the barriers to entrepreneurship (eg. lack of business knowledge, access to financial resources, lack of learning by doing experiences, acquisition of life skills, access to roles models).

Second Session

Program developed participants knowledge and skills in how to develop an assessment to define the level of interventions of the program: analysis of local markets, the needs of youth target group, existent service providers in local community, services provided by youth organizations in entrepreneurship field which could be integrated in the program. As practical exercise, the youth workers had been engaged in a debate regarding the characteristics of their local communities.

Third Session

Entrepreneurship – program design:

  • Developing the knowledge and skills of participants in developing an assessment of levels of intervention in an entrepreneurship education program

The following topics have been presented, analysed and discussed:
Business skills curriculum as approach to lack of business knowledge/skills identified and discussed the main core business skills areas. Methods used: brainstorming, debates, group work,presentations
Life Skills Training  developed participants knowledge and skills in identifying and meeting disadvantaged youngsters needs for additional training as part of life skills training approach in an entrepreneurship program.
Learning by doing experiences developed understanding upon the importance of learning by doing experience in the context of an Entrepreneurship program.
Access to financing developed youth workers knowledge about variety of financing options that can be accessed by young entrepreneurs. Topics covered: types of financing options eg. Self-funding, Loans, Grants, Venture Capital, activities to support youngsters access to financing (eg – financial education for administration of personal savings, strategies to save money, studying types of loans )
Follow-up services – developed participants knowledge regarding ways they can support youngsters after the completion of the program in the context of business launch.

As practical part, the participants worked in teams on 3 level of interventions: Business skills curricula(by elaborating a common learning program for teaching business fundamentals), Life skills training ( by elaborating common life skills training proposals which can be further developed in the
partner countries), learning by doing experiences (proposals of learning by doing experiences which can be used in the partner organizations as part of Entrepreneurship program).