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E-Bazaar - Virtual market of mature entrepreneurs

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France / Austria / Germany / United Kingdom / Italy / Other

E-Bazaar - Virtual market of mature entrepreneurs © Peter Curbishley

E-Bazaar is an online market place enabling seniors and/or unemployed people to become easily an entrepreneur and sell goods and services by enhancing their skills and experience. The project aims to make older workers more attractive to perspective employers and also to increase their desire to work. It focuses on removing barriers such as age discrimination, on helping older people learn new skills as well as on finding creative solutions for employers and employees alike.

Targeting unemployed and retired people of 50 years and over, E-Bazaar encourages and trains them to provide services and/or goods, either using existing skills and experience (i.e. teaching, web design, accounting, hairdressing, massage, cooking  gardening) or using creative hobbies such as photography, painting, sewing and woodwork. To enhance the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, Bazaar has created a pool of entrepreneurs in the form of an e-market by using the internet to sell goods and services.

The project has a virtual bazaar with several individual shops. The web shop owners, the "entrepreneurs", can get support and help from the management unit of the web-bazaar, which will be responsible for general issues such as maintenance, training, marketing and administration.

Currently present in six countries (Germany, Austria, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Turkey), the project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the Grundtvig programme.

Läbiviija: European Association for Vocational and Social Education (EBG)

The European Association for Vocational and Social Education (EBG), founded in 1990, is a non-profit private organisation in the field of vocational training and continuing education. At present, its 35 centres in Germany, Slovakia, China and Vietnam offer an extensive spectrum of training programmes targeting a wide range of groups (youth, adults, migrants, social disadvantaged people and educational staff). With the objectives of development of employment and equal opportunities, the organisation is actively involved in several European programmes. EBG is member of the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB).

Partner(id): Berufsförderungsinstitut Linz
Provincial National Education Directorate of Eskisehir (Turkey)
University of Wales Newport
Università del Terzo Settore
e-Seniors Association
Sponsor (s): LifeLong Learning Programme - European Commission
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