This is a reference for Domagoj Morić

Entrepreneurship School for Youth Workers

The training activity took place
in Njivice, island of Krk, Croatia
organised by Forum for Freedom in Education, Croatia
28. 09. – 07.10. 2015.

Aims & objectives

General aim of the training course was:
• to improve skills of youth workers, trainers, project managers and teachers in communication and entrepreneurial skills and abilities, so they can provide support to unemployed young people

Specific objectives were the following:
• to learn new communication models;
• to improve knowledge in communication techniques in specific situations – job interview and writing applications;
• to explore what are the consequences of long-term and short-term unemployment;
• to explore and discuss what are the solutions to unemployment on three levels: youth work level, policy level and personal level;
• to understand importance of new media in obtaining employment;
• to know how to set, define and evaluate the goals in the professional context;
• to understand the role of Entrepreneurship incubators in creating self-employment opportunities for young people;
• to know and understand the concept of start-up projects and coworking spaces;
• to learn techniques of how to provide support to unemployed young people with increasing their competence of initiative and entrepreneurship;
• to gain insight in project management and learn how to set goals, objectives, activities, results and indicators;
• to create draft versions of projects within Erasmus+ programme;
• to implement learned methods directly during the training course.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Team of trainers was consisted of four trainers.

An eight day training course brought together 30 people who work with young people from four countries – Croatia, Greece, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and Portugal.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on usage of non-formal methodology. During the training course a combination of different interactive methods where used, which included the following: icebreakers, getting to know each other methods, experiential learning, discussions, debates, communication workshops, individual work and counseling, presentations, theoretical input, personal reflections, group reflections, video exercises, public speaking exercises, evaluations – daily, creative, written and group evaluation.

Outcomes of the activity

After the end of this training course, participants are able to:
• define and understand the basic concepts of entrepreneurship;
• understand and apply the techniques and skills of entrepreneurship in their own organizations - participants can implement the methods learned in a real environment, prepare their own set of materials relevant to youth empowerment;
• develop new communication skills;
• understand the importance of teamwork and the dynamics of working in a group;
• transfer the idea of start-up projects to young people;
• define and understand the way in which co-working space works;
• provide support to young people in creating resumes and applications for job offers, so they can be a support for unemployed young people in local communities;
• transfer the knowledge through specific exercises and workshops and become a source of support and information to their colleagues, young people in the local community, and the general public;
• prepare a simulation of a job interview and questions which are asked most regularly on the job interview with unemployed young people;
• set personal and professional goals and to empower young people in creating their future goals and visions;
• support young people in mapping their competences and creating river of learning;
• implement the basics of project writing, as a method which can empower young people in implementing their own ideas into practice, which includes the following learning outcomes: youth workers know the definition of a project and project management; learn to plan the project and its segments; formulate general and specific objectives of the project; adopt the logic of project management; to identify the main stakeholders of the project; to create a budget for their project; further develop their project management skills.

In the end of training course, a publication called “Let’s work it out: innovative approaches to youth work and employment“ was created and is available on:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My responsibilities included:
• design of the program and methodology suitable for sessions;
• delivery of the sessions during the whole training course;
• further help with inquiries, communication via e-mail and providing additional materials for participants;
• editing and creating the publication “Let’s work it out: innovative approaches to youth work and employment“.

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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