Beyond Vocational/Technical Expertise: Succeeding in Entrepreneurship.

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About Course

By the end of this course, learners will have acquired a comprehensive set of skills to be able to:

  • Integrate entrepreneurial thinking and innovative practices into their vocational and technical work.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for growth and success in their respective industries.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing market demands and contribute to the development of their field.
  • Exhibit effective leadership qualities, empowering and motivating others to achieve shared goals.
  • Facilitate open communication, collaboration, and teamwork within their work environment.
  • Inspire trust, respect, and confidence as leaders within their vocational and technical domains.
  • Practice self-awareness and continuous self-improvement for personal and professional growth.
  • Set and achieve meaningful goals, fostering a sense of purpose and direction in their careers.
  • Embrace emotional intelligence and resilience, managing challenges with a positive and proactive mindset.
  • Utilise digital tools and technologies relevant to their vocational and technical work with proficiency.
  • Engage confidently in digital communication, research, and data management.
  • Apply digital literacy skills to enhance productivity, efficiency, and collaboration in their field.
  • Uphold professionalism, integrity, and ethical behaviour in all aspects of their vocational and technical practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for their work, meeting deadlines and delivering high-quality results.
  • Foster a positive and respectful work environment that values collaboration, diversity, and mutual support.
  • Identify potential hazards and assess risks in their vocational and technical work environment.
  • Implement safety protocols and preventive measures to ensure the well-being of themselves and others.
  • Promote a culture of safety and prioritise the health and safety of all stakeholders in their workplace.
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What Will You Learn?

  • Understand the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and its relevance in the vocational and technical domain.
  • Identify opportunities to integrate entrepreneurial thinking into vocational and technical practices.
  • Develop strategies to foster innovation, creativity, and adaptability in entrepreneurial endeavours.
  • Recognize key traits and characteristics of successful leaders in vocational and technical fields.
  • Cultivate effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making skills to lead teams and projects.
  • Apply leadership principles to inspire, motivate, and empower others in the pursuit of common goals.
  • Engage in self-reflection to identify personal strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.
  • Set meaningful goals and create action plans for continuous personal and professional growth.
  • Cultivate emotional intelligence, resilience, and a growth mindset to navigate challenges and achieve success.
  • Develop essential digital skills to navigate technology and online tools relevant to vocational and technical work.
  • Utilise digital platforms for communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in online research, data management, and digital safety practices.
  • Embrace professionalism, integrity, and ethical behaviour in vocational and technical practices.
  • Take ownership of responsibilities, meet deadlines, and prioritise safety in the workplace.
  • Foster a positive work culture that promotes accountability, respect, and collaboration.
  • Identify workplace hazards and conduct risk assessments to mitigate potential risks.
  • Comprehend safety policies, procedures, and emergency protocols relevant to vocational and technical environments.
  • Implement preventive measures and best practices to ensure the safety and well-being of oneself and others.

Course Content

Module 1: Defining and laying the background on Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurship:
1. Definition and importance of vocational/technical entrepreneurship. 2. Key Traits and Characteristics of Successful Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurs 3. Success Stories of African Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurs

  • Definition and importance of vocational/technical entrepreneurship.
  • Part 1: Definition of Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurship
  • Part 2: Importance of Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurship
  • Part 3: Practical Tips for Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurs
  • Key Traits and Characteristics of Successful Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurs
  • Part 1: Passion and Expertise
  • Part 2: Adaptability and Resilience
  • Part 3: Entrepreneurial Mindset and Vision
  • Success Stories of African Vocational/Technical Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneur 1: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Shoe Maker and Vocational Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneur 2: Jumoke Dada – Interior Designer and Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneur 3: Andrew Mupaya – Paperbag Entrepreneur
  • Module 1 Quiz

Module 2: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Vocational/Technical Skills
Part 1: Fostering Creativity Part 2: Cultivating Innovation Part 3: Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills

Module 3: Tools and Techniques for Generating Innovative Business Ideas in Vocational/Technical Skills
Part 1: Brainstorming Part 2: Customer Feedback and Co-Creation Part 3: Technology and Digital Platforms

Module 4: Starting and Managing a Vocational/Technical Skills Business in Africa
Part 1: Defining Your Business Part 2: Building Your Brand and Marketing Part 3: Managing Operations and Customer Relationships

Module 5: Leadership Skills for Vocational and Technical Professionals
Part 1: Communication and Collaboration Part 2: Vision and Strategic Thinking Part 3: Empowering and Motivating Others

Module 6: Personal Development for Vocational and Technical Professionals
Part 1: Setting Goals and Self-Reflection Part 2: Continuous Learning and Skill Development Part 3: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care

Module 7: Digital Literacy for Vocational and Technical Professionals
Part 1: Basic Digital Skills Part 2: Digital Tools and Productivity Part 3: Digital Security and Privacy

Module 8: Work Ethics: Building a Strong Professional Foundation
Part 1: Professionalism and Integrity Part 2: Accountability and Responsibility Part 3: Teamwork and Collaboration

Module 9: Safety in the Workplace: Ensuring a Secure and Healthy Environment
Part 1: Understanding Workplace Hazards Part 2: Emergency Preparedness Part 3: Promoting Health and Well-being

Module 10: Conclusion

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