1.300 Practice Enterprises in Austria, Switzerland and Germany

A Practice Enterprise is a trainee-operated company that runs like a real business silhouetting a real firm's business procedures, products and services. A Practice Enterprise resembles a real company in its form, organization and function. Each Practice Enterprise trades with other Practice Enterprises, following commercial business procedures in the Practice Enterprise worldwide economic environment.

Trading with other Practice Enterprises is an essential component of the concept. Practice Enterprises trade with each other in a closed economy according to strict commercial principles. The global Practice Enterprise network consists of thousands of Practice Enterprises.

The National Central Office provides all essential macro-economic functions and support operations which are expected to be available to the business world to create a complete economic simulation for PEs in their country. This includes offering some of the commercial and regulatory services which are expected to be available to the business world, such as virtual banking, customs and taxation, utilities and post office.

The Central Offce is also responsible for trainers training, the national database, banking system and online connections between national PEs and those around the world, linking trainers and trainees from over 40 countries around the world.

From Brazil to China to the USA: the worldwide network of Practice Enterprises

In the three host countries alone, there are around 1.300 Practice Enterprises. Their work is coordinated by the national Central Offices. As in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, there are Central Offices in more than 40 countries. They are all connected through the Practice Enterprise Network EUROPEN-PEN International. The worldwide network includes:

  • More than 7,000 Practice Enterprises in schools, colleges, universities, professional academies, companies and training centers
  • Central Offices in more than 40 countries and on all continents
  • World-class commercial training for hundreds of thousands of people of all ages every year


Current participation development

We are looking forward to the registration of numerous Practice Enterprises from all over the world and will inform you about the current state of participation development after the registration deadline.

For this extraordinary fair we are looking for supporters and sponsors to enable the participation of Practice Enterprises from countries that due to their low gross domestic product and their difficult economic situation are classified as worthy of support. In addition, we are looking for support for the creation of an ambitious program with lectures, seminars and forums that strengthen the social role of vocational education in our modern societies and highlight current developments.


The member countries of the network of PEN International

01   Argentina
02   Austria
03   Belgium
04   Brazil
05   Bulgaria
06   Canada
07   China
08   Costa Rica
09   Czech Republic
10   Denmark


11   Finland
12   France
13   Germany
14   Indonesia
15   Italy
16   Kosovo
17   Lithuania
18   Luxembourg
19   Montenegro
20   Poland


21   Romania
22   Slovak Republic
23   Slovenia
24   South Korea
25   Spain
26   Sweden
27   Switzerland
28   USA

Mentored Countries* of the network of PEN International

*supported by member countries

01   Bosnia and Herzegovina
02   Chile
03   Kenya
04   Macedonia
05   Moldova
06   Netherlands
07   Portugal
08   Serbia
09   Tunisia

Hosted Countries* of the network of PEN International

*directly supported by EUROPEN – PEN International

01   Bermuda
02   Colombia
03   Ivory Coast
04   Mali
05   Palestine
06   Hungary