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Leonardo da Vinci project "Partnership for valorisation of the best e-learning practices among teachers and trainers in Europe"

Project No. LLP-LdV-PRT-2009-LT-0082


Purpose of this project was to share knowledge, best practices, expertise and materials regarding methodologies, tools, quality standards and concepts of modern teaching and learning in vocational education and training. The goals of the Partnership will be assured by continuing and enlarging activities undertaken within a previous European project realized in 2006-2008 as „4 e-trainer–valorisation of the best e-learning practices among teachers and trainers in Europe”, providing products, information and services for teachers and trainers in the development, creation, exchange and use of e-learning materials. Partnership perceives the concept and outcomes of the project very valuable to the condition and further development of European education transition. Members of the project target group (teachers and trainers participating in the project activities: research sessions, focus groups, seminars and conferences, dissemination) claimed more actions of this kind should be undertaken. The present Partnership project intends to continue the efforts undertaken by the Partnership within the previous funding period, keep the sustainability of the project outcomes and assure their continuous development and dissemination. The project will be performed by a Partnership staying in strong and fruitful cooperation for years.


“Discover how to establish your own company – use the potential of your business skills!”

Discover how to establish your own company – use the potential of your business skills!”- is the motto of RELESE project where Turiba University has been involved since autumn 2010. RELESE (RE- integration into Labour market through Entrepreneurship) is being developed as a part of Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation program. The length of the project is 2 years.

The project coordinator is Vilnius Business College from Lithuania, whereas the partners are Labour Market Training Centre (Utena, Lithuania), TECMAIA – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Maia (Portugal), Laurea - University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Turiba University (Riga, Latvia), University of Information Technology and Management (Rzeszow, Poland) and Siaures Northtown Technology Park (NTP) (Vilnius, Lithuania).

The goal of the RELESE project is to contribute to the re-integration of socially vulnerable group of unemployed people into the labour market by enhancing their entrepreneurship skills and competencies. The project's main objective is transfer of the innovative e-learning platform and blended course contents and activities focused upon entrepreneurship enhancement. The aim of the project is to implement a realistic, competitive and sustainable Virtual Learning Community, which will promote a specific entrepreneurial training/mentoring programme offering an integrated guidance to entrepreneurs from the early stage of motivation and idea generation through a personalized support in implementing business projects.

The project will tackle motivational issues of the unemployed, will contribute to their self-employment by becoming new entrepreneurs, and will create the conditions to increase the success rate of start-up companies. It will allow entrepreneurs to implement a European approach from the moment of development of their business ideas, to integrate training institutions with the enterprise environment. The project focuses on the needs of those who dropped out of labour market and would like to return to it by starting their own business but do not have necessary skills and know-how.

The outcome of RELESE project will become an innovative business course that will be realized in Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Finland and Portugal.  The main goals of the course will be to help participants to obtain skills necessary to establish a company, encourage them looking for new challenges in business and develop personal creativity; as well as help people make their own working places and reduce unemployment rate. Course attendants will be provided with innovative course materials based on creative methodology with the access to studies any time at any place.    

The blended course will allow learners immerse into studies where they will be assisted by professional trainers both in a group and individually, will learn about cultural aspects of doing business in Europe. The course will last for 6 months. The course content will include the following modules: Entrepreneurship, Communication,  Marketing, Finance, Innovations, Intellectual Property, Project management, Internationalization and Business Plan.

The course attendants can become unemployed people with diverse professional qualifications, young unemployed post-graduates, parents on or after maternity leave and finally any person who wishes to return to labour market. The first activities done within the framework of the project were the survey, interviews and analysis at national level in all participant countries. In the context of the national analysis it was necessary to discover the present situation in labour market, to find out what programs and courses on business skills development are currently available.

According to the survey which was carried out in October 2010 the registered unemployment rate in Latvia was 14.3 % for the total economically active population.  The biggest number of the unemployed were people in the age 50-54; the majority of them were women of Latvian nationality with secondary education received in the Latvian language. In average the period of unemployment of one person had lasted up to 6 months.

 Statistics show that the main group of long term unemployed people consists of young people in the age of 15 to 24, people after maternity leave and those released from prison. Support of Unemployed Persons and Persons Seeking Employment Law determines and wherewith regulates the relations between Latvia and unemployed and job-seekers – persons who are facing temporary difficulties. NVA offers people who are currently out of work to get career consultations; it organizes courses, seminars, lectures, informal education training, practical training, as well as supports commercial activity and helps self – starters in business.

The research has shown that vocational education is provided in more than 60 educational establishments, where 10 of them are higher educational institutions offering 18 professional bachelor’s programs in Business Administration.

60 unemployed people have been surveyed in the course of the research. The survey included questions in the following categories: personal data, education, business experience, recommendations on course improvement and learning habits.  

The results showed that the age of enquired people ranged from 36 to50, the majority of respondents were women with secondary education in the status of unemployed for over a year.

The majority of respondents did not show strong motivation in setting up their own business, however, those who did were motivated by challenges a new company establishment could bring to their lives.

The respondents did not have clear business ideas, could not decide on type, size or company status; neither many of them had any marketing or financial plan previously developed, however, those who had stated that they would like to start their business would be interested in doing it in service sector. Respondents stated that the biggest difficulty that prevents people from setting up their business was bureaucracy at the state level. The majority of those who would like to use the challenge of becoming self – employed entrepreneurs answered that would like to be owners of small or middle- sized companies in a period of 5 years time.

Subject areas chosen by respondents to be covered within the framework of the project included business plan development, intellectual property, marketing and project management. The respondents emphasized the necessity of their practical skills development and foreign language skills improvement.  

6 entrepreneurs were interviewed within the framework of the present project. The main questions that interested researchers were what personality and what skills are necessary for a potential employee in a company (education, skills, competences etc.) The answers showed that entrepreneurs are more interested in hiring people with practical work experience and right personality than those who have a diploma; only one person stated that he would look for a person with higher education.   

29 sources of information in different business areas were analyzed; they included resources on business management, book-keeping, economics, legislation, interpersonal communication, project management, international tourism communication, business etiquette, business skills and business English.

Information about the project and course application procedure is available on www.relese.eu

State Employment Agency (NVA) homepage www.nva.gov.lv; Statistika1.


The article was written by

Kristiāna Talente

Turiba University

RELESE project participant

Published in “Izglītība un Kultūra”, March 17, 2011.

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 The ENTER project aims at leveraging processes of development and individual promotion of new entrepreneurs through the use of Information and Communication Technologies based platforms and tools that allow delivering innovative interactive multimedia contents, while supporting collaboration and communication in a Virtual Learning Community spread in Europe. This aim is reached through the definition and implementation of a specific entrepreneurial training/counselling programme offering an integrated guidance to entrepreneurs from the early stage of motivation and idea generation through the personalised support in implementing business projects and nurturing recently created companies in incubators, in a perspective that integrates simultaneously training centres and enterprises, through science and technology parks.

This training course, based on the establishment of a collaborative, transnational virtual learning community, aims at promoting a culture of entrepreneurship in Europe. The main objective is to support the development of key competences that will enhance the trainees’ capacity to turn their business ideas into realistic and feasible projects.

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