About Skills for the Future
Skills for the Future is a groundbreaking secondary education programme, fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Europe; empowering them with the insights, skills and confidence to innovate solutions to the numerous and complex challenges ahead.
Skills for the Future is an initiative of EIT RawMaterials, EIT Food and EIT Climate, three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), which are part of a larger network supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to spur innovation and entrepreneurship to overcome some of Europe’s greatest challenges. The project is executed in partnership with Junior Achievement Europe, a leader in entrepreneurial education that connects students across the continent with industry mentors.
September 23-24, 2019
October 29, 2019
November 8-9, 2019
November 28, 2019
December, 2019 – August, 2020
Through challenge-based learning, in 2019-2020, Skills for the Future will empower more than 1000 students across Slovenia, southern Italy and Hungary. In each country, students are brought into the EIT ecosystem of industry, academia and research as they focus on specific themes; minerals, metals and other raw materials in Slovenia, food in southern Italy and climate change in Hungary.
Bringing together a unique combination of academic expertise, hands-on problem solving and mentorship from industry leaders, Skills for the Future offers students and their teachers a new mode of learning that centers students as the source of ingenuity and vision.
Skills for the Future is comprised of four main elements:
EU Skills for the Future Summit
As students reach the end of the entrepreneurship programme, they are eligible for the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a unique international certification of skills and experiences. The ESP combines a competence-based assessment with a final examination validating and certifying their theoretical and factual knowledge about business issues and concepts.
The self-assessment allows students to reflect on their own progress in acquiring practically oriented skills and entrepreneurial attitudes throughout the year: creativity, self-confidence, teamwork, perseverance, taking responsibility, taking initiative and resourcefulness. Moreover by certifying their theoretical and factual knowledge on entrepreneurship, the ESP helps students gain access to further opportunities such as training, work experience and start-up support.
The competences and learning outcomes evaluated by the ESP are in complete alignment with those identified in the EntreComp framework developed by the European Commission.