Course Aim

To develop entrepreneurial skill sets in early stage food entrepreneurs and to facilitate innovative thinking that will develop the potential for participants to recognize and critically analyse opportunities within the sector and in turn create employment in their local regions.

The course is designed to provide food producers with the skills and the mind set required to remove themselves from long food supply chains, add value to their business and create short food supply chains. In order for food producers to enforce short food supply chains, they will need to acquire the skills to be able to carry out the processing, logistics and distribution steps normally associated with long food supply chains.

Course Objectives

1. Develop farmer’s entrepreneurship skills
2. Increase income for food producers
3. Increase awareness and understanding around supply chains and value chains
4. Create collaborative learning that advances knowledge base
5. Teach processing, logistics and regulation skills
6. Establish key skills of communications, personal and interpersonal
7. Teach Business Skills/ICT Skills
8. Create awareness of food sustainable (through entrepreneurship skills
9. Develop Innovation and Technology Transfers
10. Demonstrate the importance of ICT in business and enhance digital business skills

Learning Outcomes

This course takes the approach of combining industry relevant skill sets with soft skills development related to enhancing entrepreneurial mind-sets within participants. The course builds knowledge and know-how of entrepreneurship through the topics outlined, however the teaching style of experiential (learning through experience) and challenge based learning enhances the competence of the participants for entrepreneurship and therefore venture execution. This approach requires a non-traditional learning environment that blends teaching and assessment techniques.

Entrepreneurship Development

Entrepreneurs have a unique mindset that enables them to visualise new ideas and to take action to harness the opportunity that leads to change for the entrepreneur or society in general. They play a key role in employment, innovation and change in society. The perception of entrepreneurs is that they are risk takers and highly motivated, however the mindset is much more analytical and composed. With entrepreneurs playing such a significant role in our society it is important to nurture the mindset and skill sets entrepreneurs require. Entrepreneurship is a creative process of idea development to execution. This process like any other can be improved in students by creating a more entrepreneurial mindset. This is also beneficial for employees who can see problems in their companies or industry and take action to create and implement solutions.

This entrepreneurial process requires both hard and soft skills development and both are nurtured in this course. Resilience is a common soft skill required to implement a new idea or venture. Through the creation of a challenge based environment students are exposed to situations that take them fully out of their comfort zone. Through facilitation and reflective practices, the students create an awareness to their resilience levels, which gives them a solid skills platform for taking on a new venture. This example can be replicated for many other soft and hard skill development.

Skills taught throughout the course

This course is specifically designed to provide participants with the extensive knowledge and skill set required to become an Entrepreneur. In addition to that, the course will also provide participants with the transversal skill sets such as Creativity, Design and Innovation, Critical/Analytical Thinking Skills, People and Management skills. The course and its graduates will feed into achieving the goals outlined in National and European policy and will contribute to a growth of entrepreneurs in the sector.

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