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Are you a school or university teacher, a trainer at a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or adult training center looking for information on how you can get your students or trainees started with the Practice Enterprise? Are you looking for a way to include more practice-based learning and teaching in your classroom?

The Practice Enterprise concept is tailored to the requirements of the business community. It is a proven model for practical business and entrepreneurship training that helps students and trainees to learn about the labour market and economy by putting their skills into action in a learning environment set up like a real-world company.

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Participants interact with others from their home country as well as from more than 40 countries around the world. New Practice Enterprises are opening every year around the world. Our mission is to support, co-ordinate and develop services adding value to the activities carried out by our local, regional and national network members and to promote the Practice Enterprise concept in new countries. PEN Worldwide offers a standardized learning-by doing Practice Enterprise methodology that can be easily adapted to a number of target groups in your country, including students, unemployed adults, persons with disabilities and for retraining in real-world companies.

The network operates as a non-profit association financed by dues from member countries and through contributions from individual member institutions. As a non-profit civil society association, dues are always kept to a minimum and decided upon by the members. Operating costs of running a Practice Enterprise, including teacher/trainer and classroom/training room costs are the responsibility of the service provider.

Would you like to know more about starting a Practice Enterprise, our membership structure, or require further information on our worldwide network?


We are always looking to partner with national and regional stakeholders such as ministries of labour and education, chambers of industry and commerce, public employment and education associations and other service providers. Existing networks of Practice Enterprises which exist in countries both inside and outside our current network are also encouraged to contact us about joining the worldwide association. The ultimate aim of the network is to encourage international cooperation.

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