Last week, the Future4VET team, together with the third working group set up by the Greek Ministry of Education for German-Greek VET cooperation and accompanied by Olga Kafetzopoulou and Evangelia Panta from the Greek Ministry of Education, developed proposals for the inclusion of entrepreneurship elements in VET in Greece.

The project organized a 3-day workshop programme on this topic in Berlin, which on the one hand reflected the perspective of the German and the Greek social partners on the topic, but on the other hand showed with many practical examples how German VET deals with this topic. The focus was on entrepreneurial skills and self-employment, but also on challenges such as innovation transfer and transformation. The differences between in-company and school-based training were also discussed.  It became clear that Greece and Germany are discussing this topic at eye level. Many efforts are still needed in both countries to implement the topic satisfactorily in vocational training programmes.

The topic will continue to be an important part of German-Greek VET cooperation and will hopefully motivate developments in both VET systems.

In November the Greek German Team will discuss the results of all three study visits in a workshop in Athens. Together with the relevant stakeholders in Greece the project will support the implementation of these results.

We would like to thank the supporters in Berlin, Ramona Neuse and Eva Zimmermann from DLR, Janina Mitwalli from ZDH, Tobial Bolle from DIHK and Ulrich Nordhaus from DGB, who supported the programme both in terms of organisation and content. But above all, Anne Sieber and Katharina Weiß from and Christiane Karn from IW Junior, some vocational school teachers and student fathers from Berlin, Robert Drewniki from IG Metall, Nikos Koutrakis from Frauenhofer IPK, Joachim Weffers from IGBCE and Kerstin Wiktir, Rebecca Berg, Michael Schweickardt from HWK Berlin also provided important impulses for the discussion.