Since 1997, helping institutions to form professionals prepared to the labor market.
EUROPEN-PEN International is a non-profit association which administers a worldwide network of practice enterprises. The association was developed from a European Union project and was created as an independent entity in 1997. Its headquarters is located in Essen, Germany, and its founding members are present in various countries, such as Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland.
EUROPEN-pen offers support to more than 7,500 schools, colleges, universities, vocational training institutions, companies and training centers. It is present in 42 countries around the world providing a unique approach to business skills training to more than 200,000 trainees throughout the year.
The Practice Enterprise is an emulated business in which trainees works “for real” to learn about business practices and improve their own abilities. This way of “learning by doing” can be tailored to meet the many target groups, including students, the unemployed, the disabled and even for learning recycle of real companies. New Practice Enterprise are emerging in different institutions all around the world.
The Practice Enterprises sell their products and services online with other national and international companies. The currency used for commercial transactions and as a income for the trainees is virtual e can be spent in the economy managed by EUROPEN-PEN. This kind of negotiation is for both B2B (Business to Business) as B2C (Business to Customer).
The EUROPEAN-PEN offers to educational institutions access to a virtual economy that helps preparing trainees for the labor market, and creates business opportunities and entrepreneurship.
Students manages to identify their choices regarding future career and become more aware of their own abilities, skills and interests. The EUROPEN-PEN virtual economy, present throughout the world, also trails a exuberant way in learning language, cultural and international business practices.