What does it mean?
Creativity is the best ground for change and development, especially in times of crisis.To open new perspectives you need to make the move, jump through the gap of barriers and challenges and stand on the other edge. We want to make such a leap together with young people from education to employment.
Where does it take place?
Creative internships for business will be tested in three cities and three countries:
- Mrągowo in Poland
- Turin in Italy
- Raahen in Finland
After testing the idea we plan sharing the results and giving all necessary support to everybody interested in going through the similar experience in our and other countries.
How it works?
During the project 45 people aged 18-30 – 10 interns and 5 entrepreneurs from each country – will make the teams and take part in creative internships for business, completed with 15 so-called internship products.
Young entrepreneurs will be trained in the form of a 5-day competence training in company management, and interns – in the management of their own education and professional career.
Their tutors will work with them in this process using the design thinking methodology, in which they will also be trained. As a result, the participants of the project (interns and entrepreneurs) will developcompetences in the field of initiative and entrepreneurship (key competence), defined as: creativity and non-schematic thinking, innovation and risk-taking, the ability to plan projects and conduct them consistently to achieve the intended goals, the ability to identify available opportunities for personal activity: educational, professional or business, proactive management (planning, organizing, managing, directing, analyzing, communicating, etc.), effective negotiation and presentation of positions, the ability to work individually and in a team, the ability to identify and assess your own strengths and weaknesses . An important result of the project will be the creation of a program guide for dissemination in three countries and abroad, in 4 language versions. During the project, we will reach 90 pupils, students and graduates aged 18-30 and 150 people – representatives of organizations / institutions and entrepreneurs from environments interested in implementing the program
Our goal in Mrągowo (Poland), Raahen (Finland) and Turin (Italy) during 22 months of the project will be to raise the level of preparation of 45 pupils, students, graduates and young entrepreneurs under 30 to: employment, self-employment, running and developing companies. We are moving towards creating such an educational and development offer for young people that will give a chance to pursue a career path, will complement school education in the area of entrepreneurial competences and will strengthen the position of young people on the labor market and in business. It is also building foundations for the development of indirect creative jobs based on the creative sector and modern ICT, opening the job market all over the country and around the world without the need to migrate. We want to ultimately create the so-called training, apprenticeship, internship and observation centers for professions, and to support modern education for the professions of the future, focusing on entrepreneurship and creating one’s own jobs.
We will work out and use an innovative formula, the so-called creative internships for business, where trainees and interns will make a „leap” to innovative solutions, services and products – thanks to the knowledge and use of various creative thinking techniques and design thinking, learning by doing methodology and the support of tutors and mentors from three partner countries. Increased creativity and entrepreneurship of our participants will translate into better personal development, the development of companies, and counteracting the crisis in education and business in the era of COVID-19.
There will be 30 creative internships for business with 15 so-called internship products to be used for the further development of apprentice companies.
- 15 young entrepreneurs will attend a 5-day competency training to increase their initiative and entrepreneurship.
- 30 interns will attend a 5-day competence training in managing their own education and professional career.
- At least 90 pupils, students and graduates aged 18-30 will get acquainted with the idea of creative internships for business.
- There will be 3 regional seminars attended by 150 people – representatives of organizations / institutions and entrepreneurs from the circles interested in implementing the program of creative internships.
- There will be 4 language versions of the program guide for dissemination in three countries and abroad.
The project is implemented within the strategic partnership of:
Fundacja Alternatywnej Edukacji “ALE” – Mrągowo, Poland
Foundation runs the Civic and Multimedia Training Center, supports youth development to stop the outflow of young people from the region, by creating an offer which will give a chance to pursue a career path, complement school education in entrepreneurial, social, civic and media competences, and empower young people to perform important role in public life.
Fundacja Złap Rozwój – Mrągowo, Poland
Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the community of Mrągowo and the surrounding towns through supporting residents in their development and pursuit of self-fulfillment. They focus on supporting the development of civil society in cooperation with the local government, state administration and economic, local business, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations.
HumaCapi Act – Turin, Italy
A private agency, research and development center operating in the areas of VET and education. The main goals are the implementation of projects aimed at the development of innovative training tools and methods, designing training courses, career guidance programs in which education meets the world employment and entrepreneurship. They focus on youth skills gaps in the labor market, linkage labor market with the world of education, stimulating social entrepreneurship as a form of combating unemployment among youth.
Koulutuskuntayhtymä Brahe – Raahe, Finland
The Brahe Educational Center is a multi-sector educational organization operating in the municipalities of Raahe, Pyhäjoki and Siikajoki. It organizes upper secondary 3-year education for 1,850 students, covering four different specializations: Technology and Transportation, Services, Media and Crafts arts, Nature and agriculture. Their goal is to meet local, regional, national and international requirements in the labor market, where these boundaries are slowly blurring thanks to the growing importance of indirect creative jobs and the ICT industry.
The project “Jumping through the gap – creative internships for business is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Reference number: 2021-1-PL01-KA220-YOU-000030421