YEP! young entrepreneur people to mentor long term unemployed adults
24 months: 2016-2018
Coordinator : ASOCIACION DE EMPRESARIOS JOVENES DE VALENCIA (Spain)
FYG CONSULTORES (Spain)
DANMAR COMPUTERS LLC (Poland)
UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY (Greece)
The main innovation of the project is the development of a methodology, manual and tools that will reverse the traditional concept of business mentoring, usually done by adults to young people. The project innovates in the mentoring sector and in entrepreneurship education by exploiting the knowledge, skills and competences that have been developed by young entrepreneurs (aged 18-30) in the process of running their startups or business; and then use it to support and guide adult people at risk of exclusion from the job market or willing to redirect their professional life towards self-employment.
Each partner will add its expertise on relevant ambits in order to achieve objectives such as:
- To develop new and innovative methods in education
and training for long-time unemployed adults,
- To improve the skills for employability and new business creation ,
- To increase opportunities for professional development ,
- To promote the informal ways of teaching and learning ,
- To increase the learning participation in the adult field, as well as the take of initiative and the employability ,
- To improve the relation between education, training and the international business world,
- Fostering the assessment of key competencies, in particular entrepreneurship and language (English basic skills),
- To develop entrepreneurship in order to develop active citizenship, employability and new business creation.
The project idea wants to develop a training course for young entrepreneurs (age 18-30) and startuppers to let them able to mentor adults and elderly people on how to start a business, improving their spirit of initiative, develop a more entrepreneurial approach towards life, job, society.
The mentoring relationship has always been focused on a special link between two actors in which the most experienced (usually the eldest) supports, encourages and inspires the one with less experience (very often a young person).
The project wants to exploit the current trend in order to “reverse” this idea bringing startuppers and young entrepreneurs to support adults (particularly those that have lost their jobs and have difficulties in finding a new one) and elderly people (retired but still very active and interested).