Gradia’s Entrepreneurship Learning Model in the Final for European VET Skills Awards

The entrepreneuship learning model of Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia is one of the two finalists for VET Excellence Awards 2019.

The finalists were chosen by a jury appointed by the European Commission. The other finalist comes from Bulgaria.

The winner will be decided half by public votes and half by an appointed jury of experts. The public can place their vote for the winner on the EU website for VET Excellence Awards 2019.

By rewarding an innovative and effective entrepreneurship learning model, the European Union wants to encourage VET institutions to invest in teaching entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship competences, including an entrepreneurial attitude, enhance the ability of learners to cope with the demands of the working life now and in the future.

The winner will be announced at the European Vocational Skills Week main event in Helsinki 17 October 2019

European Vocational Skill Weeks 2019 are celebrated 14-18 October. The European week will disseminate information on vocational training, organise events and acknowledge the excellence of vocational education and training.

Gradia’s Entrepreneurship Model Offers Lots of Opportunities in a Big Network

The entrepreneurship learning model is part of a larger ecosystem which covers different aspects of entrepreneurial learning; from an entrepreneurial attitude to experimenting with entrepreneurship through a student company. Later the learners can start their own business while still in education as well as further develop it.

The students can acquire and complement their entrepreneurial skills and competences in addition to Gradia's own courses, from the joint courses offered by other EduFutura institutions, Jyväskylä Start Up Factory, co-owned by the educational institutions and the city of Jyväskylä and though an extensive network of experts.

EduFutura is a collaboration between Gradia, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences and University of Jyväskylä which provides joint studies, shares expertise and facilities as well as develops education and training across organisation borders.

Gradia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem offers learners a wide range of opportunities and networks for entrepreneurial learning.

"We are very excited and honoured to have been recognized in this way. The candidacy alone is a testament to Gradia's long-term commitment, together with our partners, towards entrepreneurship education and supporting an entrepreneurial mindset. This is the result of the entrepreneurial and innovative thinking of our trainers and staff, "says Development Director Anu Tokila.

More information

Petrikki Tukiainen, Senior Specialist, Entrepreneurship , Gradia, tel. +358 40 341 5850,

Anu Tokila, Development Director, Gradia, tel. +358 40 341 5141,

VET Excellence Awards 2019-vote on the EU website

(VET Innovators category/ The Entrepreneurial School Award TES, JA Europe)

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