Dagmara: You are the entrepreneur and the member of council of experts; how do you estimate such projects supporting entrepreneurship?
Jacek: Such projects are the great chance – especially for
young people – to get practical knowledge and the feedback from the area of
running your own company. For them it is the chance to reach the practice and
convince that running the company it is not only the pleasure but firs of all enormous
Dagmara: Do you think that schools should run more projects focused on supporting entrepreneurship?
Jacek: Of course. I know that schools don’t have additional
budget for such trainings, but they can try to achieve the financial support
from various educational programmes – like Erasmus+ Programme. Educational
project is not only the advantage for pupils, but also added value for
teachers. They can meet their pupils better and check them in real projects.
Dagmara: What was your additional value from the project?
Jacek: The possibility of being a member of council of
experts was a huge honour for me and my company. Moreover it was a possibility
to share my knowledge and experience during creation training programme. I was
also participating in the conference and had a chance to see the business
plans’ competition. Moreover the best value was possibility of working with
Dagmara: You mentioned about business plans; how do you evaluate them?
Jacek: The competition had a very high level. All pupils were very engaged but also stressed. The ideas were interesting and some of the financial analysis were very professional. Business ideas were also fresh and I saw that they were feeling their ideas and believing in them.
Robert what do you think about entrepreneurship as the
subject at school?
RIn my opinion entrepreneurship gives pupils enormous possibility of development their creativity, defending their points of view, communication skills and management opportunities. Nowadays a lot of institutions – public and private try to start cooperation within those secondary schools who are running entrepreneurship. Institutions’ support schools within different actions – Art and Science Festival; Entrepreneurship Day and during pupils’ local competences. Institutions’’ representatives often visit our pupils with interesting lectures.
organizing a lot of events and competitions for pupils – how do you estimate
pupils’ engagement into those actions?
Pupils engagement of course depends on individual human being – but in general I can see that pupils’ competitions and entrepreneurship’s events give them the chance to develop their interest and checking their ideas. Sometimes I feel that this is their first step into their real company in future. Our pupils are taking part in various competitions – from local competitions from the area of business plans till the real product/service prototypes during national competitions from entrepreneurship. Also I should mention about parents’ engagement – they support their children, motivate them to action – sometimes helping by advising.
How do you
evaluate our project Find your inner
inventor realized within Erasmus+ Programme – strategic partnerships?
Not only pupils were interested in Find your inner inventor realized within Erasmus+ Programme – strategic partnerships but also their parents. They were very content and proud that their children took part in international project – the same one as pupils from Czech Republic and Island. Their motivation were raising from lecture to lecture. The programme was very interesting for them, especially they had a chance of lectures with real academic teachers. They had a small possibility to feel like real students in some parts of lectures. For them it was inspiring and motivating them to start working harder and harder on their business plans. The programme was ideally adjusted to school’s education requirements and developed those areas, which were important and interesting for pupils due to business plans and entrepreneurship’s competitions. They regret that the programme had only 15 hours. The project had also positive and motivating influence on school’s authorities. Next year they are planning to start cooperation with Czech and Slovak schools and universities and in future prepare their own project developing entrepreneurship.
Have you chance
to notice that training programme knowledge was used in pupils’ business plans?
Pilot training programme from one side was focused on creativity but it also supported pupils with practical tools how to create the real pan for your company. I could see a lot of real information from particular lectures and some of definition/statements in their business plans. It was also incredible that some of pupils – due to practical case studies and exercises during pilot training – overcame their barriers and weaknesses.
final conference almost twenty business plans were presented. How do you
evaluate their quality?
Yes the competition was amazing – not only for pupils but also for schools’ authorities. Higher number of teams prepared their business plans – but together with school authorities’ we undertook the decision that only the completed and the best ones will be presented during the conference. Of course it was very stressful for all of them – but I could see that some of programme’s workshops from auto-presentation and communication helped them a lot. The quality of their business plans was very balanced and it was hard to choose the best ones.
What are your
recommendations for institutions who would like to support entrepreneurship
within young people?
Schools – not only in our city, region but also abroad – should support children, teenagers in their creativity and raising their competences in defending their ideas and points of view. Entrepreneurship should be the subject introduces and run from the beginning of their education path – primary school. Of course during the regular lectures we have to less time to answer all questions and support young entrepreneurs. It means that each school should undertake all efforts to prepare educational projects focused on developing pupils essential and crucial competences. I recommend them Erasmus+ Programme – as it is open for new ideas, strength cooperation within various institutions and open the minds for new possibilities.
The project conference Find Your Inner Inventor was held in VSB – Technical University Ostrava. The main aim was to disseminate and present the intellectual results of the project, to introuduce the course FYII to VET teachers who where not involved in this project and introuduce the program Erasmus+.
The innovative training
programme, prepared within the Erasmus+ project Find your inner inventor,was
conducted in two schools in Bielsko-Biala, which are open to innovation
especially in the field of supporting entrepreneurship:
II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im.
Adama Asnyka w Bielsku-Białej,
Zespół Szkół w Bielsku-Białej im.
gen. Stanisława Sosabowskiego.
The main goal of
those schools is to develop long-term cooperation with the University of
Bielsko-Biala in the area of supporting young people entering the labour
training programme was – according to the designed plan – divided into 5
modules for schools purpopses named:
Motivation and entrepreneurship
Creating ideas / business opportunities
Creativity and innovation
Resources and cooperation
Marketing and sales
Within those 5
modules all the topics reccommended by the project’s team and the coordinator
in the Proposal of the course Find your inner inventor (Annex II of the
Analysis of the educational needs of the students – Interim Reports) where
The first part of the
pilot training started in June 2018 and over 90 pupils from the classes specialized in entrepreneurship from Bielsko’s
high schools took part in them. The second edition of pilot workshops took
place in September/October 2018, and over 100 pupils participated.
In both groups of
the pilot workshops the classes had various character – it was a combination of
regular lectures, workshops in groups and individual work as well as common
brain storm. Diversificated education tools helped to develop creative classes’ schedule in which the pupils were willing to
take part – from class to class, their growing involvement was evidentely seen.
One of the results
prepared by the pupils are the business plans and creative promotion – based on
innovative entrepreneurship programme they have been working on their ideas,
which will be officially presented on 19th of November 2018 during the inter-school
The main objectives of the training programme are focused on developing an innovative didactic program for the secondary school students expanding competences in the field of entrepreneurship. For the mesaurments of the pupils’ progres in this area the competences and attitudes towards entrepreneurship were tested before and after the training programme. Moreover the project’s team conducted the shot interwievs among pupils to chceck if they are satisfied with the classes and which part they like the most. All of the results will be summarized in the final report.
The Multiplier Event in Ostrava 12. 11. 2018 will be focused on dissemination and presentation of the intellectual results of the project and to introuduce the course FYII to VET teachers who where not involved in this project.
On October 12-13, Europe celebrated Erasmus + Day. The VŠB –
Technical University of Ostrava also participated in the campaign. The
Department of International Office prepared an opening exhibition and
prezentation of all Erasmus + Projects running at the University. Part of the
event was also the presentation of Find You Inner Inventor and partner
institutions involved in the project.
November 19th, 2018 at the University of Bielsko-Biala a
Conference was held as part of the project „Find your inner inventor”. To
participate in the conference, people associated with the field of
entrepreneurship were invited – teachers and vocational counselors, representatives
of business incubators, as well as the City and Municipal Board of Education in
Bielsko-Biała, also teachers form the faculty of management. The conference
became a special opportunity to talk about further plans for joint projects
aimed at activities for young people, but also cooperation between secondary
schools and higher educations institutions.
Students from Moravien-Silesia Business Academy started in June their training programme. Programme was divided into 5 modules for Motivation and entrepreneurship, Ideas and opportunities, Creativity and innovations, Resources and networking, Presentation and sale. The methodology was tested within the group of forty students. The students appreciate the most creativity support activities and generating new ideas for business.