BYOB – Be Your Own Boss is an Erasmus+ project carried out by VITECO with the collaboration of other EU partners. BYOB aims at adapting and transferring a methodology of adult education developing entrepreneurial skills in learners, increasing their capacity to create their own jobs.
It also trains and provides adult educators with a practical and flexible coaching methodology to enable learners in disadvantaged and peripheral communities to create their own employment and become entrepreneurs.
This is a project aims at supporting, enabling, coaching, inspiring people to become entrepreneurs and create their own job. The purpose is to encourage people not to wait for someone else to offer them a job and show them how they can take control and create their own business idea.
According to the rationale, in the current socio-economic environment there is a need for an innovative adult education pathway, which emphasizes entrepreneurship and self-employment as proven and successful ways of overcoming traditional barriers and persistent unemployment. As a successful solution to unemployment already experimented in the UK, the methodology is transferred to new socio-cultural, linguistic and geographical communities, in order to meet the specific needs and challenges faced there.
The partnership activities include creating a state of the art review of entrepreneurial support for adult education, especially in peripheral regions, the creation of handbooks for adult educators and business incubators, 30 e-tutorials for those both using and experiencing the methodology, a pilot in 3 different countries of the methodology and a website where the project tools are available in all partner languages.
VITECO is activity leader for all aspects of promotion & exploitation of the project, developing a dissemination strategy covering all aspects of BYOB, its results and outputs, and implementing all the designed dissemination activities.