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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