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If entrepreneurship, finance, technology and market are the four cornerstones of an enterprise, "education and training" is the cement which holds them together.This page lists and rates electronic resources related to education and training with a particular focus on technical and vocational education.

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Last updated December 6th 2012

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Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC is a US information system that provides, through its 16 subject-specific clearinghouses, a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues. Although not directly related per se to enterprise development, it provides, through AskERIC, access to key relevant education information (just try a search on youth entrepreneurship). Excellent site

Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurship Training Portal
The Finnish project Entredu was financed (2000-2006) by the European Commission with the objective of understanding the preferred and most efficient ways of learning of the entrepreneurs (the demand side) and to assess how the existing programmes (the supply side) are able to meet these needs. Although a bit dated the site provides access to three important reports : a Best Practice Guide for Educators and Policy Makers, a State of the Art report on Entrepreneurship Training and Entrepreneurial Learning in Europe, and a report on Evaluating and Measuring Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Education.

International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre acts as part of the United Nations mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion. The Centre assists Member States develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship, and contributes to increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods, personal empowerment and socio-economic development, especially for youth, girls, women and the disadvantaged. Excellent site with a rich publications section. Do not miss the «UN World Youth Report 2011» and also the «The Skills Development Package for Learning and Working».

Guide to Business School Webs
Marr/Kirkwood Official Guide to Business School Webs provides information and ratings on Business Schools as well as links to websites . Mostly US but also covers Europe, Canada, etc. Impressive site.

MBA Online
The MBA Online site basicallly presents a list of the best MBA Online programs in the US. Rather than the list itself, the best features of the site are in my view the MBA guide which takes you through the rationale and justification for taking such a step in education, and the section on courses where they handpicked the most engaging articles on business and created individual courses for self teaching. Divided into ten main chapters: Company Culture, Entrepreneurship, Failure, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing & Branding, Product & Design, Productivity, Social Media, Startups, this section helps you learn about the business world in a method easilly digestible, using blog posts as citations. Very good and interesting section with a refreshing and unorthodox approach to the subject. I personnaly would like to suggest that they include additional chapters on Management and Finance.

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Global Development Learning Network
Produced by the World Bank Economic Development Institute, it is a one-stop online shop for development policymakers and practitioners to learn about in-service training and professional development opportunities worldwide.A lot of subjects are related to enterprise development subjects.

Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWAA)
Very good site providing links to vocational education and career training sites, to assistive technology resources on the WWW and to disability resources on the Internet.

Inforoute FPT
"Inforoute ftp" is an electronic network for vocational and technical training in Quebec. Its objectives is not only to develop and maintain an interactive electronic network, but also to facilitate exchanges of informations between all partners in vocational education and technical training. An excellent site which includes a link to the "Vocational Education Network" which provides users with information sources related to English-language training for the labour market throughout the province of Quebec. Do not miss the section on VTT worlwide

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education
ERIC/ACVE provides comprehensive information, including full text documents, to facilitate the career and occupational preparation and advancement of youth and adults. A very good site despite the fact that it has been archived in December 2003.

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Window Cleaning Foundation
The European Training Foundation is an agency of the Europeau Union whose mission is to contribute to the process of vocational education and training reform that is currently taking place within its partner countries and territories. Interesting site with sections on south-eastern europe, newly independent states and the mediterrenean region. Do not miss the rich publications section.

VETNET
This is the Vocational Education and Training Portal of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Aside from very interesting country specific project information, the site hosts the "Working Group for International Co-operation and Technical Skills Development". Do not miss the sections on documents and literature reviews.

Association of Canadian Community Colleges
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges is the national voluntary membership organization created in 1972 to represent colleges and institutes to government and industry, both in Canada and internationally. The member institutions of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), while broadly known as community colleges, are in fact distinguished by a range of titles including institute of technology, cegep, and university college. A very good site. Do not miss their related sites

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Entrepreneurship Education
A very refreshing and interesting site on Entrepreneurship Education. No frills attached but innovative and full of potential for further growth. I particularly liked the section on "why entrepreneurship education". Do not miss either the section on teaching materials.

Commonwealth of learning
The purpose of The Commonwealth of Learning is to create and widen access to education and to improve its quality, utilising distance education techniques and associated communications technologies to meet the particular requirements of member countries. The agency's programmes and activities aim to strengthen member countries' capacities to develop the human resources required for their economic and social advancement. Very interesting set of publications. Do not miss the «Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources».

Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education
The Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education was a forum to redefine technical and vocational education policy to address the employment and other socio-economic challenges of the early years of the twenty-first century. The site provides access to the working and reference documents, the final report as well as the final conclusions and recommendations. Still useful despite its age.

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