Fostering return to employment through entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
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FREE is aimed at providing an interactive tool to be used by those who work with the unemployed, such as councillors, tutors, trainers and other professionals, allowing them to gain not only hard skills in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, but also new soft skills, such as those required to support individuals who want to start a business.
By improving skills in these key areas, councillors, tutors and trainers will be able to provide better support to those who are unemployed and wanting to reintegrate into the labour market by starting a new business.
FREE – Fostering Return to Employment through Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity - is a two-year project (October 2009 – September 2011), seeking to provide councillors, tutors, trainers and other professionals working with unemployed individuals, with a web-based interactive tool designed to improve their hard and soft skills. This will allow them to provide a better service when dealing with those who are unemployed, especially age groups <25 and>45 with lower qualifications.
The project has the following key objectives:
- Measure the needs of the target groups through an analysis of the entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation skills to be promoted
- Develop a web-based interactive tool that integrates the different types of resources
- Disseminate and exploit the project and its results
The partnership includes 6 partners from 5 countries with specific domains of expertise in training and in particular in adult training, in pedagogy, in ICT and in dissemination and exploitation of project outcomes. SPI (PT), HRDC (GR), EDEN (UK), NVF (CZ), Inveslan (ES) and Castlereagh Enterprise (UK) will actively collaborate in all work packages ensuring a strong European dimension to this project, sharing knowledge and experiences acquired at national and European levels.
The FREE tool will provide four main instruments to the target groups:
- Materials on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation through which the development of hard skills for the target groups and beneficiaries will be possible,
- A guidance methodology in relation to entrepreneurship and techniques to help the target groups promote creativity and innovation among the beneficiaries,
- Provision of business tools (such as business plans, etc.),
- Success cases (case studies) of unemployed people who created their own businesses.
Additionally, the FREE project is unique in the sense that it integrates multiple instruments into one interactive tool, designed to promote both hard and soft skills, as well as business tools and case studies, turning the career guidance and training activities more practical, useful, individualised and comprehensible. This interactive tool and other main results will also be available on a CD-Rom and complemented by a Support Handbook with guidelines on how to use the tool.
Below is a list of the outcomes to be produced by the FREE initiative and the partners.
- An interim report (October 2010)
- A final report (November 2011)
- A project website (February 2010)
- Case studies in multimedia format (May 2010)
- An interactive tool – pilot and final version (available in all partner languages) (December 2010 and July 2011 respectively)
- A support handbook (January 2011 and September 2011 respectively)
- Project CD-ROM
- Project brochure (March 2010)
- An international seminar (September 2011)
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