State of the art

The partnership carries out a short review (state of the art) in each partner country regarding entrepreneurship programmes designed for youth. A joint report is developed that integrates the main points of all national good practices in youth entrepreneurship support programmes. This report will form the starting point for the development of the following intellectual outputs.

O1. YEAP! Flexible Learning Pathway (Level 4)

Aims to develop and test a flexible learning pathway that delivers individualised training for youth to potentially become entrepreneurs or self-employed.

The main idea is to support young people to have options to change direction or even start afresh. Flexible and permeable learning pathways enable learners to move within and across education, training and employment.

The key objectives of “YEAP! flexible learning pathway” are to:

  • Develop a common conceptual approach, which could support the development of youth entrepreneurship competence at the European level
  • Establish a bridge between the worlds of education and work 
  • Be taken as a de facto reference by future projects and initiatives, which aim at fostering youth entrepreneurial learning.

The Flexible learning pathway is aimed at trainees to reach Level 4 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) with regards to knowledge, skills and competences and to develop the critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills that they need in the workplace.

O2. Youth Workers' Methodological Guide

The O2 aims to develop an integrated youth workers' methodological guide, which will help youth workers to use the YEAP! Flexible Learning Pathway developed under the O1 for young entrepreneurs. It will be developed as a separate guide and then enriched with theoretical material, contents and methodological approaches for the youth worker to use.

The methodological guide will adopt a 'workshop methodology' in which the trainer/youth worker provides the main theoretical background through lectures, while other approaches are adopted to facilitate learning such as discussion, group exercises, video case studies and analysis, experiential exercises etc.

O3. Youth Workers' Toolbox

The aim of this output is to enhance the quality of youth work and to professionalise youth workers by improving their knowledge and competences through a specially designed toolbox.

The Toolbox will contain a comprehensive set of learning tools and checklists developed for coaching entrepreneurs and students, which will:

  • support individuals and teams to learn key venturing skills 
  • provide a scalable structure for ‘intrapreneurship’, smart camps and workshops, to stimulate lean innovation 
  • provide a practical guide to complement entrepreneurship lectures 
  • support teams to progress on their own between live piloting sessions.
As an indication, the Youth Workers’ Toolbox will include the following: 
  • The entrepreneurial journey (intercultural, global and regional perspectives) 
  • Real world scenarios and cases of start-up companies 
  • Topic-specific learning tools (e.g., group exercises, role playing, simulation, videos) explaining the issues that entrepreneurs need to address and how to do so 
  • Templates for giving presentations, writing a business plan, and financial planning, etc

O4. Business Idea Assessment Guide

The purpose of the Business Idea Assessment Guide is to:

  • Develop a framework to assess the business ideas for future youth enterprises 
  • Test this framework in the specific case of the YEAP! Project’s youth enterprises and, in the longer run, validate it 
  • Use the assessment Guide as a monitoring tool
This will help young entrepreneurs to decide if they can turn their idea into a business, empower them into believing in themselves and the feasibility of their business idea and ultimately re-inforce commitment and sustainability.

O5. Youth & Social Entrepreneurship e-tools for Business Start-up Database

This will be a database that facilitates the writing of business plans, allowing each young person to fill in their own elements and the specifics of their business projects.

More specifically, the following e-tools will be developed:

  • SWOT analysis e-tool. This will help young entrepreneurs to form their business ideas, as they will be able to identify their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. 
  • Cash Flow analysis e-tool. This helps participants to estimate in detail the projected cash receipts and cash paid out arising from their business ideas.
These tools are intended to support the first steps that are necessary before developing the Business Plan and will help young entrepreneurs to “evaluate” in realistic terms the feasibility of their business idea.