The National centre for development of innovation and entrepreneurial learning (NCDIEL) was established in November 2009 with financial support from the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) in the Republic of North Macedonia. NCDIEL is designed as a centre opened for innovative, technology-based and profit orientated ideas and in its operation the center has supported the establishment of 60 successful start-up companies. One of the main target groups of NCDIEL’s work are teachers at all levels of education. The center, in cooperation with state institutions, introduced the subject of entrepreneurship in all schools on national level, through the training of 550 teachers of the subject Innovation. In addition, NCDIEL has implemented trainings for the development of entrepreneurial teaching skills of 2300 teachers from various fields. NCDIEL as a project partner on the GREENOVET project is one of the cofounders of the first Center of Excellence in VET for green innovations (CIZI) in the region, which contributes to an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy across Europe. The center is one of the four established in the regions of Styria – Austria, Leiria – Portugal, Vaasa – Finland and Skopje – North Macedonia. Within the framework of the project, the Centers are developing their capacities through trainings and study visits, in order to stimulate the development of green skills and an innovative, entrepreneurial and proactive mentality in the direction of the green transition.
Green innovation in Vocational Education and Training (VET) refers to the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices, technologies, and skills into vocational education programs. The aim is to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly economy. Green innovation in VET is crucial as it addresses pressing environmental challenges, such as climate change, resource depletion, and pollution, by fostering a skilled workforce capable of implementing and supporting sustainable solutions.
2. Entrepreneurship in VET
Entrepreneurial teaching in Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an approach that aims to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset among students. It encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial outlook and equips them with the knowledge and abilities to create and manage their businesses, start-ups, or innovative projects within their vocational fields. This approach not only prepares students to be job seekers but also empowers them to be job creators and innovative problem solvers.