Our Regional Alliance Approach

We are bringing together between 60-70 high-level representatives of organizations from the fields of VET, enterprise development ecosystem, regional development and more are currently participating directly in 5 Regional Partnerships in 5 member states:

  • Northern Ireland, led by LCCC
  • West Ireland, led by RLP
  • Friesland, led by Inqubator
  • Basque region, led by CEBANC
  • Frederiksberg, led by TEC

The output involves five stages:

  1. Resources for creating a MASTER Alliance
  2. Preparation for Alliances
  3. Implementation of Alliances
  4. Development and publication of Action Plans
  5. Dissemination and ongoing support

Why a Regional Alliance Approach? The Regional Alliance approach:

  • stimulates cooperation and collaboration through sharing knowledge and best practice and converts this into wider innovation and action plans at regional level
  • fosters a functional dialogue between educators, local authorities and other agencies which gives the region and all involved a better position when it comes to keeping hold on rising opportunities
  • provides an important platform to create and deepen ongoing relationships between diverse institutions working in the student-entrepreneurship arena. It nurtures a shared commitment to support the growth of the young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial mindsets as a whole.

Each alliance is made up of 10-15 level policy makers or executive staff from organizations such as:

  • VET providers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, such as regional colleges, technical schools, enterprise centres and community training centres
  • Local enterprise agencies and business development organizations
  • Higher Education Institutions – universities and colleges with strong enterprise focus
  • Small Firms’ representatives (Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Federation etc)
  • Statutory organizations responsible for enterprise and economic development
  • Local government authorities
  • Regional Development Agencies (RDAs),
  • Business Angel Networks, Banks, Public and Private Investment Funds,

Participation involves

  • attendance at plenary and bilateral meetings to share knowledge and identify best practice support structures and education objectives
  • direct learning through specific materials and group discussion
  • generate regional Action Plans committing each stakeholder to individual and collective activities to mainstream entrepreneurship education in VET
  • contributions to the design and evaluation of IO3 and IO4
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Regional Alliance Information – Denmark

About the Danish Regional Alliance

The MASTER Regional Alliance – TEC Transport and Logistics is incorporated in the Local Education Board in TEC Transport. The board consists of equal representation from the social partners as well as members from TEC-leadership and teachers. The main objective of the board is to cooperate with the school about teaching, quality assessment, local teaching plans and special subject in the main programme (VET).

The MASTER Regional Alliance – TEC Transport has been working with a new programme for teaching and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in transport education (at TEC).

Who’s involved

The MASTER Regional Alliance – TEC Transport and Logistics has benefitted from the guidance, input and support from all the members of the Local Education Board.

The overall aim has been to improve and broaden entrepreneurship education across Europe.

Those involved are:

  • TEC – Transport and Logistics
  • Henrik Tofteng A/S
  • MAN Diesel and Turbo
  • Hauge Gruppen
  • 3F (United Federation of Danish Workers)

ActionsThe main actions the Danish Regional Alliance is trying to achieve

The MASTER Regional Alliance – TEC Transport and Logistics has – together with the school – been developing a new structure for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in Transport educations utilizing the existing curriculum. The toolkit has been piloted within this structure. Students will in future participate in an innovation camp at campus where they will be working with real problems provided by companies with students at the school. The new structure will include several of the tools developed in the MASTER project toolkit.

Contact: Jette Nossell, +45 2545 3681

Regional Alliance Information – Ireland

About the Irish Regional Alliance

The MASTER Regional Alliance in Ireland is led by Roscommon LEADER Partnership. Stakeholders in the Alliance include local authorities, local training and education providers, enterprise agencies, higher education institutions and specifically those in these organisations who are involved in supporting enterprise education. If you are interested in finding out more or joining this alliance

Contact: Paul Clabby, Roscommon LEADER Partnership-090 6630252

Who’s involved?

The MASTER Irish Alliance is benefitting from the guidance, input and support of the key enterprise, education and economic development stakeholders that have a commitment to developing and transforming the teaching of entrepreneurial skills in VET. The overarching aim is to broaden and improve entrepreneurship education across Europe.

Those involved are

  • Roscommon LEADER Partnership
  • Roscommon County Council
  • DSP (Department of Social Protection)
  • GRETB (Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board)
  • County Roscommon Jobs Club
  • WRDATF (Western Region Drugs & Alcohol Task force)
  • MSLETB ( Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & training Board)
  • Regional Skills Forum
  • National Learning Network
  • HSE (Health Service Executive)
  • Roscommon Youth Reach
  • Foroige
  • TUSLA
  • Bank of Ireland

ActionsThe main actions the Irish Regional Alliance is trying to achieve

The Base for the Irish MASTER Alliance is Roscommon/Galway. One of the key actions, this Alliance is working to achieve is the establishment of linkages with third level institutions in the region. Through this we hope to successfully pilot test two best practice initiatives that will cultivate entrepreneurial competences in a higher education institution.

Contact: Paul Clabby, Roscommon LEADER Partnership-090 6630252

Regional Alliance Information – Northern Ireland

About the Regional Alliance in Northern Ireland

The MASTER Regional Alliance in Northern Ireland is led by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.   Stakeholders in the Alliance include local training and education providers, enterprise agencies, higher education institutions, voluntary organisations and specifically those in these organisations who are involved in supporting enterprise education. If you are interested in finding out more or joining this alliance

Contact: Sarah Johnston, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council -028 9250 9447

Who’s involved

The Northern Ireland MASTER Regional Alliance is benefitting from the guidance, input and support of these key enterprise, education and economic development stakeholders. They were selected for their commitment to developing and transforming the teaching of entrepreneurial skills to Students or for supporting young people who wish to start up in business. The overarching aim is to broaden and improve entrepreneurship education across Europe.

Those involved are:

  • Inspire
  • Lisburn Enterprise Organisation
  • SERC
  • LCCC – Econ dev
  • Princes Trust
  • Young Enterprise
  • Belfast MET
  • Ulster Bank

ActionsThe main actions the Regional Alliance in Northern Ireland is trying to achieve

One of the key actions, this Alliance is working to achieve is an analysis of the needs and opportunities of the region in terms of enterprise education.   We also hope to promote better linkages between the stakeholders including our organisation. Through these linkages we hope to successfully pilot test four best practice initiatives and raise awareness of the Student Entrepreneurship Toolkit that will cultivate entrepreneurial competences in this region.

Contact: Sarah Johnston, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council -028 9250 9447

Regional Alliance Information – Spain

About the Spanish Regional Alliance

As a school, the way we managed to lead our regional alliance had to be different because we are not in such a position as a regional leader. We decided to focus our alliance to build a net in which our students could take benefits from it. We introduce the MASTER project to the chosen partners and invite them to help us giving feedback, especially evaluating students in their final projects and guiding them. With their help we can illustrate and advice the students all the choices available for those ones who wanted to start a business. The sustainability for this alliance will rest in the capacity of keeping doing activities as those together.

Who’s involved

We decided to have with us different kind of partners to broaden students’ point of view about what entrepreneurship is. Local agencies, departments from Basque Government, incubators, entrepreneurs, etc. Of course, the implication has not been the same in general. Some has been all the way with us while others only received information about projects’ outcome and maintained mailing and phone interactions.

Our partners are:

  • CDEA
  • AICE and CECE
  • Fomento
  • Tknika
  • Urratsbat
  • Errotu
  • Garapen
  • Planak
  • Sociosanitaris
  • Secot
  • Hisama
  • Creactivalia
  • Lanbide
  • Hetel
  • Nortlan
  • Basque Government, education department.
  • SEPIE

ActionsThe main actions the Spanish Regional Alliance is trying to achieve

The base for Spanish MASTER Alliances is San Sebastian and surrounding towns and cities. We have, also, evolved these alliances to both, Basque and Spanish level. Though these administrations won´t have a close role into the project we think is good to keep them informed in all our developments and in the European Projects we take part from. One of the key actions is to enclose our didactical and curricular tasks into real world. To have our educational goal with agents who are in the entrepreneurship area. This way, students could be familiar with the agents that may guide them once decided to go ahead.

Regional Alliance Information – Netherlands

About the Netherlands Regional Alliance

The Regional Alliance Friesland (NL) is led by Inqubator Leeuwarden and involves stakeholders from vocational education and training, higher education, enterprise and economic development sectors, drawn from public, private and non-profit organisations. Our Regional Alliance has been set up to explore and investigate the number and level of entrepreneurship initiatives in education and business in order to determine the needs and opportunities for (student) entrepreneurship in our region.

Who’s involved

Inqubator Leeuwarden works together with stakeholders from education and enterprise and economic development sectors to enhance the discussion about (student) entrepreneurship in the region. Below you will find a list of organisations involved:

ActionsThe main actions the Netherlands Regional Alliance is trying to achieve

Our Regional Alliance has been set up to explore and investigate the number and level of entrepreneurship initiatives in education and business in order to determine the needs and opportunities for (student) entrepreneurship in our region. By putting our heads together we have noticed that in recent years there have been created and developed loads of entrepreneurship initiatives in education and business in our region such as Start-up weekend, Launch Game, Enterprijs, Meet the Start-ups, Friese Startup van het Jaar, and so on. Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education is hot in our region. There is so much, the beneficiary is overwhelmed. To avoid that the beneficiary gets lost in the supply of entrepreneurship support, it is important to map, structure and assess existing supports systems, determine the involved organisations and create a strong and integrated business climate.