DEVELOPING HIGHLY EDUCATED IMMIGRANTS' ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS - RESULTS OF TWO EDUCATION PILOTS
LAB University of Applies Sciences (FINLAND)
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Conference name: 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2020
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Entrepreneurship is always a more important way to employ immigrants (TEM 23/2015). As its best entrepreneurship is also a way to offer meaningful job and incomes. Moreover, it supports integration to society. Immigrant entrepreneurship brings new resources, ideas and economical lifestyle to markets.
KOKOMA ‐ Developing highly educated immigrants' entrepreneurial skills - results of two education pilots -project puts its focus to immigrants Finnish language and entrepreneurial skills and improve possibilities to found company. Entrepreneurial skills means in Kokoma skills to “make new ideas, survive in unstabile conditions, recognize and seize the opportunity and change ideas and thoughts to acting by exploiting creativity, innovations and taking risks and plan and implement projects". (OKM, 2017; Peltonen, 2014).
KOKOMA‐projects first education pilot organized on spring 2019 and there was 23 participants. Second pilot was on winter 2019-2020. There was 38 participants. The training consisted of the next few days and online study.
This study presents teachers experiences of organizing entrepreneurship education. It presents Kokoma’s entrepreneurial skills developing -education and guiding process model. Also this study presents some notifications of the impact of the study unit on the entrepreneurial and employability abilities of the participants.
This is operational case study. Data collection was based to perception of teachers experiences and participants throughput and participants feedback during guiding process and education in two separated education pilots in Finland. Participants were mainly from three cities (Lahti, Helsinki and Turku).
According to preliminary results, the teachers' prior knowledge of what the participants needed was somewhat different from the participants themselves. According to feedback from the first pilot, the education was modified so that the focus was changed more directly to support to founding of the company. This study presents the training and guidance model that emerged after the first and second pilots.
Keywords: Highly educated immigrants, entrepreneurship skills education online, guiding process.