European Regional Development Fund
Entrepreneurial skills are essential competences nowadays to lead a successful life, yet they are often staying neglected or unexploited. The Hungarian - Slovakian border region is not an exception in that case: the region’s entrepreneurial potential is far from being exploited at the moment. In addition, the education of the entrepreneurial skills and competences is a hard and an often argued issue for the vocational mid-level schools on both sides of the border.
On the other hand, every year thousands of vocational school students are leaving the educational system with a knowledge that could guarantee the basis to a new company, or to a potential start-up business. Meanwhile, the lack of the positive examples, incentives and entrepreneurial competences are preventing them from using their professional skills to launch a new venture or to give the old family business a new direction.
Therefore, we strongly believe that helping youngsters to achieve entrepreneurial skills can be essential to reduce youth unemployment, but can also be essential to help the regional economy thrive.
Our project intends to create a new, cross-border capacity of educational tools and supporting networks for students in VET, while promoting the idea of entrepreneurship and encouraging young people to plan a carrier as entrepreneurs. We are also aiming to empower the economic potential of the border region, and to show that potential cross-border cooperation can offer new opportunities to the fresh entrepreneurs. Also, in a bigger context we are aiming to fight youth unemployment and early school leaving.
Therefore, we are targeting the following groups in our project: young people attending to their 3rd year (out of 4) in VET in the border region; young people with professional skills; vocational schools and educational institutions. We hope that our outputs (studies, e-learning courses and methodologies) will be named as cross-border good practices in the topic.