Our education model (consisting of 4 important elements)
Knowledge Based on theory and practice (50% - 50% in time)
Basic theoretical training elements such as how to keep records and how to promote your business followed by an internship and practical assignments.
General knowledge and specific skills (70% - 30% in time)
The general knowledge is applicable to most businesses. Examples of topics are marketing & promotion, using modern media, how to save, bookkeeping & financial management classes, and cost price calculation. The more specific skills are depending on the type of business the students have. This could be specific bakery classes for cakes, learning more about how to feed cows/pigs/chicken, building and maintaining a greenhouse or analyzing your stock (by using Excel) in case of a shop.
Individual-based and group-based (60% - 40% in time)
Most of the time the students follow classes with 8- 25 people at the same time. This is when they learn about general skills and knowledge. However, market research, practical assignments and action plans are discussed individually, to make sure the support is applicable to the specific type of business of the student.
Training is done by Role Model trainers
The majority of the training is fulfilled by teachers who followed the YEP program before. They are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with the new students.
With help of two Dutch volunteers we made a new curriculum, which is student based and has a lot of practical elements in it.
The curriculum consists of the following topics:
- General introduction on entrepreneurship and business
- Personal growth
- Marketing (Product, Person, Price, Place, Promotion)
- Financial Management (Cost, Cost Reduction, Setting your Prices, Break Even analyses, Record Keeping)
- ICT (Computer Skills, Internet and Excel)
- Skills (Personal Skills, Business Ethics, Rules & Regulations, Risk Management, Time Management, Problem Solving, Behavior Change)
- For start ups: Generate a business idea
- For business groups: Functioning as a group, organization, leadership and membership relations, communication, elections & business group management
- For expanding businesses: Business chains, Improving and expanding