Celebrating the success of ParENTrepreneurs

The ParENTrepreneurs project officially ended on 30 April 2022 and we have submitted the final report at the end of June. A project ending means that most development activities are done, although in ParENTrepreneurs we will keep enriching the Social Learning Platform. At the same time, you can become a certified ParENTrepreneur anytime, if you do the training in English, Finnish, French, Italian or Spanish. The training material is already being used to train more parents as well as teachers in entrepreneurial education. This has been a highly successful project amidst the challenges of restrictions, lockdowns, uncertainties and a lot of fear that makes the achievement even more a reason to celebrate.

ParENTrepreneurs in short:

The ParENTrepreneurs partnership has developed 5 Intellectual outputs with the active collaboration and contribution of all partners:

  • IO1 Competence Framework for parentrepreneurs which includes an assessment of the needs and the identification of the skills to be developed to enhance the capacity of the main target group. It is based onand is aligned to the reference of EntreComp Framework;
  • IO2 Training package for parentrepreneurs including 6 modules clearly linked to the Competence Framework.
  • IO3 Social Learning Platform an open source e-learning and networking platform. It contains the self-paced learning, assessment modules that lead to certification as well as resources for further self-development ideas/tools for everyday parenting practice.
  • IO4 Parents To Parents manual that provides complementary information to the IO2 course to allow parents trained to train other parents (as well as other trainers) to successfully organise their own trainingsand activate the peer-to-peer scheme.
  • IO5 Guide to validation and recognition of the program. The Guide contains information on the assessment process developed for training participants. targetting employers and policy makers.
    All IOs were produced in English orginial and translated to Finnish, French, Italian and Spanish. Some IOs have also been translated to Dutch as an extra.

In order to develop these intellectual outputs, we held 3 in-person transnational meetings (in Matera, Amsterdam and Helsinki) as well as an online one. The partnership regularly met for monthly coordination calls in betweenmeetings.
During the development of IO1, the partners engaged key stakeholders including entrepreneurship educators, parent leaders and researchers in the validation of the framework developed.
For the testing and refining of the training framework, pilot trainings were carried out in a syncronous online format in Finland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and in-person in the Netherlands, Belgium,Spain and Hungary (the two last ones were extra).
In an international train-the-trainers event, future ParENTrepreneurs trainers were trained in Amsterdam.
All partners organised multiplier events to engage those who will potentially implement the project outcomes after the project’s lifetime.
All partners were very active in creating content for dissemination and disseminating the project.
Rigorous monitoring processes were implemented throughout the project to ensure quality.

The consultation on IO1 engaged over 100 experts from 18 countries. Professional educators, parents and parent leaders, policy makers, (education) project managers, and researchers engaged in theconsultation. An online survey collected quantitative and qualitative data on the draft framework. It was aimed at helping to develop a tool that is both scientifically sound as well as user-friendly. The survey sought to ensure that the presentation of the comprehensive parENTrepreneurs framework remains accessible to parents and parent leaders as well as other audiences and sense-check the entrepreneurialcompetences at different age levels.
151 participants were engaged in the pilot trainings at national level. In the in-person trainings, the children of participants were also engaged via organised activities held paralel to the trainings so that theparents did not have child caring obligations during the sessions.
20 people participated at the international training (2 participants could only join for 60% of the training, and one guest speaker joined for some of the training session, too). About half of the participant werepreviously trained online by partners.
140 people participated at the Multiplier events.

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