Education, young people and entrepreneurial culture
The Government of the Canary Islands is to promote entrepreneurial culture among young people in the Canary Islands by means of a pioneering agreement with Spain, signed by the Ministry and the Centre to train 50 teachers and counsellors working for the General Directorate of Vocational Training.
The Vice-president and Minister of Education, Universities and Sustainability of the Regional Government, José Miguel Pérez, and the Head of Enterprise Development and Microfinance of the ITC-ILO, Peter Tomlinson, signed the collaboration agreement that will support this action and allow the Centre to facilitate the resources and tools required to achieve its purpose.
José Miguel Pérez underlined the commitment of the Government of the Canary Islands to entrepreneurship as a solution generating employment. “It is vitally important to prepare young people for a situation in which formal paid employment may not be available, and where starting a small business or becoming self-employed may provide the best options for finding paid employment. KAB does not necessarily propose that young people should follow the route of becoming entrepreneurs or self-employed workers. Rather, it is about raising awareness and putting into practice some opportunities, challenges, procedures, characteristics, attitudes and abilities necessary to developing an entrepreneurial spirit”.
In the words of Peter Tomlinson, “this collaboration will facilitate valid and effective resources and tools to the general directorate to promote entrepreneurial culture among young people”.
Some 50 teachers and counsellors working for the General Directorate of Vocational Training and Adult Education of the Government of the Canary Islands will receive training from the Centre during this academic year 2014-2015, which will qualify them to promote entrepreneurial culture among young people in the Canary Islands.
The teachers and counsellors taking part in the ILO’s training programme “Know about Business” (KAB), who come from all of the islands, will participate in a pilot experience that is being developed as a pioneering action in Spain, to be held in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and La Laguna. The action also involves the training of the trainers who will, in turn, be training the participants on the course.
 Training programme from the ILO “Know about Business” (KAB)