Since 2008, TVET teachers in Romania have received training to enable them to implement an interactive, interdisciplinary, student-centred method for delivering entrepreneurship education – the ‘training firm’ – in which teachers act as coaches, facilitators and moderators assisting learners to set up virtual companies. The training firm is an innovative, practically-oriented teaching method that was developed in Austria. Using an online platform – which provides information relevant to companies and simulates processes in the business environment, such as the activities of chambers, banks and regulatory authorities – students set goals, plan activities and independently manage their enterprise, coached and accompanied by their teacher. The training firm experience develops learners’ critical thinking, problem-solving and ICT skills. It also improves their practical skills and ability to apply knowledge, thus reducing the period of adjustment to future employment, as well as increases their understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to running a business. It thereby builds their resilience and responsiveness to changes taking place in the world of work.
The training that TVET teachers receive to facilitate this process includes:
Teacher training is often carried out in conjunction with domestic private sector firms (e.g., SC Magnum SRL) and transnational partners (e.g., Kultur Kontakt Austria). Since 2010, multipliers have been trained to increase the number of teachers receiving this training.
The BILT project is implemented by
with support of
and sponsored by
UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre
for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany