30/09 Conference StartCraft | Crafts, improve your entrepreneurial skills for the future

The teaching material of the European Startcraft project have successfully reached the piloting milest

Craft entrepreneurs, VET centres, would-be sculptors, designers, or illustrators… All of them can be part of StartCraft, the European project funded by Erasmus+ aimed at offering teaching material, recommendations and pedagogical content to all those related to the craft sector.

The learning packages and the market training tool that the initiative makes available to final users have now been finalised, the training materials have also successfully passed the pilot phase of the platform (which can be found at the following link), and the results will be published in the next newsletter.

Two years into the project, StartCraft will be completed by the end of September. By then, VET students in crafts and future entrepreneurs in this industry will be able to access the final version of this online platform.

If you want to know about the review of the final results of the platform, its presentation to the public and wish to be part of the corporate networking, stay tuned for our communications from 27 to 30 September, when the project management organisations will meet in Brussels.

To find out more about this phase of the programme, you can access the newsletter here.

The European Startcraft project continues to support the training of craft entrepreneurs

StartCraft, the craft entrepreneurship training project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, has already completed the first phase to enhance the skills entrepreneurs will need to manage their businesses and improve their productivity through online materials and teaching notes.

Once the learning packages and the market training tool have been developed, the partners have been in contact with craft students and experienced trainers and craftsmen in order to evaluate their outputs and offer a different perspective on how to improve the lessons.

Now, the project starts a new phase with the development of didactic notes for VET trainers. This will help VET students and new and future craft entrepreneurs to complete their online training with recommendations and pedagogical contents that will be divided into two parts.

Click here to access the newsletter for more details about the initiative.

StartCraft, a project adapted to craft entrepreneurs needs.

Last 16th June, the Chamber organised the second consortium meeting of the StartCraft project.

This project, launched in September 2020, seeks to develop training and practical education for craft entrepreneurs in 6 European countries. During this second meeting online, the Chamber, as coordinator of the programme, shared with the rest of the partners an overview of the project implementation and reporting.

Additionally, the representative of InnoHub, the quality lead of the consortium, Marta Fernandez, presented the quality results obtained in this area by the consortium so far. the overall balance is very positive, highlighting the good communication among partners.

Kainotomia, the communication and dissemination lead of the consortium, showed the main project communication achievements so far. All the partners had the possibility to share their ideas to increase the engagement and participation of craft entrepreneurs and VET organizations through social networks.

Finally, the lead of the development of the training modules, the organization Smooland, presented the work to be developed by each partner and the materials to use. designed considering the needs of the artisans. These needs were identified by the consortium in a research developed in January through focus groups and surveys.

For that reason, the project will soon put at craft entrepreneurs and future craft entrepreneur’s disposal different learning modules on how to draft contracts, internet sales, social media marketing, SEO marketing, pricing products and services, well-being and work-life balance, and cultural value of craft products, among other online courses.

The Chamber thanks all the project partners their participation and hopes to continue enhancing these collaborations to benefit entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs in the craft sector.

To stay updated about the project progress follow the project Facebook and LinkedIn or contact the Chamber at startcraft@e-camara.com.

The forums “StartCraft, Co-innovating for the future of crafts” gathered testimonials and advice from artisans to achieve successful crafts business.

On January 18th, 20th and 25th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized the professional networking forums StartCraft, Co-innovating for the future of crafts, in the framework of the European project StartCraft, with the presence and participation of renowned artists and craftsmen from Belgium and Luxembourg, specialized in a wide range of sectors.

StartCraft is a project funded by the European Erasmus+ programme, whose main objective is to develop and offer training and practical education in entrepreneurship and business management for artisan entrepreneurs. For this reason, and in order to ensure that these online training courses are adapted to the real-life challenges faced by artisans and craftworkers, the project launched these meetings with the collaboration and intervention of craft professionals.

During these sessions, the participants were able to learn more about the project in detail, as well as to put forward the difficulties they had to face when starting their own business. They also exchanged views with StartCraft managers on training, tax issues, customer acquisition methods and how Covid has affected them.

The Chamber thanks all participants for their testimonials and advice.

Find out more about the program here.

How to innovate in craft education? The Chamber asks the experts.

As part of the StartCraft project, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg collaborates with the Institut wallon de Formation en Alternance et des indépendants et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (IFAPME) and the entrepreneur Karel Goetghebeur, founder of the company Adolphe Sax & Cie®, to gather the knowledge and expertise of the parties involved in the education and crafts sectors.

StartCraft is a project financed under the Erasmus + program, and whose main objective is to develop and offer training and practical entrepreneurship education for managers of crafts businesses. The project has a complete set of educational materials for artisans, including an online learning platform, a market training tool, as well as teaching notes for vocational training centers.

To ensure that these online trainings are adapted to the real-life challenges faced by faced by artisans and reach an appropriate quality level, the project will be supported by external evaluators representing educators and artisans.

On the first phase of this project a Mobile Report about crafts entrepreneurship and crafts entrepreneurial skills demand will be developed. Therefore, during the month of January, the Chamber is conducting a study on:

  • The current methods and approaches as well as the main skills being taught and developed, through a research among VET and C-VET educators, especially from crafts and business fields.
  • The needs of artisans when starting a business, the challenges of managing a craft business, the skills, and aptitudes necessary to be a successful artisan entrepreneur, as well as the challenges imposed by the current health crisis, through the meetings held on January 18, 20 and 25 with artisans and future artisans from Belgium and Luxembourg.

Thanks to the support of IFAPME and Karel Goetghebeur, the Chamber and its project partners have successfully adapted the methodology to develop the research of this first phase.

If you are interested in participating in the study for educators, you can complete our survey through the following link.

To find out more about the programme click here.

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Launch of the StartCraft project, a training programme for craftworkers

The past 29th and 30th October, the kick-off meeting to launch the StartCraft project was held. This is a training and practical education programme in entrepreneurship for craftworkers, of which the Chamber is the coordinator and in which seven other European organizations related to crafts and professional education are collaborating.

This first meeting of the partnership was held by videoconference due to the current travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

During this meeting, the Chamber, as coordinator of the programme, shared with the rest of the partners the main guidelines for locally managing the programme and promoting the participation of both established crafts entrepreneurs and potential crafts entrepreneurs or local crafts support bodies.

Additionally, Nieves Verdejo, representative of InnoHub, one of the seven members of the partnership and in charge of the project’s quality control, presented her approach on how to manage the project in terms of quality. This ensures that the project operates under standards of excellence, harmonized among all members of the partnership, and thus guaranteeing the smooth development of the project and of its final result.

Then, Cécile Sauvage, as representative of another member of the partnership, MEUS, then gave an overview of how it intends to maintain control over the risks that may arise throughout the project, with particular emphasis on the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis. She also presented possible responses or action protocols to be adopted in the event that certain risk situations common to this type of project might arise.

During the second day, Mike Triantafillou, on behalf of KAINOTOMIA, the Greek member of the partnership, presented the part of the project they are in charge of: the communication and dissemination strategy of the project. Also, he explained the different tools that will be used by the partnership to make the project visible.

Finally, Pilar Aguado, representative of MEUS, explained to the partners the methodology to be followed when elaborating the first of the tools that the partnership will produce: a report on the most demanded skills in the crafts sector.

The project seeks to involve:

  • Crafts entrepreneurs: illustrators, carpenters, restorers, jewellers, chocolate makers, brewers, etc. All professionals who carry out unique works, with a personal stamp and made by hand, who sell their products privately and without intermediaries.
  • Future and potential entrepreneurs in fields related to craftsmanship, such as furniture design, sculpture or illustration.
  • Organisations that offer professional training to craftworkers.

If you are interested in participating in the programme, you can find more information here or you can contact the Chamber at startcraft@e-camara.com.