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The BEST-project

The aim of the Business and Enterprise Skills Training project (BEST) is to support disadvantaged young people become economically included in society through the development of entrepreneurial skills. The project uses the "learning by doing" approach to help those with multiple barriers to social and economic inclusion by building self-confidence, raising self-esteem, developing team working skills, improving communications, learning to make decisions and to solve problems.

The BEST project uses enterprise as its theme with learners at the centre of the development of an enterprise curriculum framework that identifies criteria for assessment and measurement. Teacher workshops will develop the framework through collaboration with beneficiaries who will then test the framework while undertaking an enterprise activity of their choice in their own environment. Student mobility to carry out a joint enterprise activity with partners will follow inter-partner student communications using social networks with the learners making the choice of enterprise activity. The joint enterprise activities will include all partners and take the form of social enterprises to encourage the development of citizenship skills and raise awareness of being a European citizen. The project brings together a variety of stakeholders including local authorities, third sector organisations, individual entrepreneurs, employers, teachers and students.

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