EU Projects: Entrepreneurship and Community Cooperatives

The project “Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCoM) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship (considering social entrepreneurship) in small or remote areas,

The project has three clear activities:
1) the development and consolidation of entrepreneurial competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) in order to structure
entrepreneurial initiatives under the specific framework of “community cooperatives”;
2) Foster learning mobilities at EU level to answer local needs;
3) contribute to the recognition and validation of such entrepreneurial competences under the ECVET, ESCO and EUROPASS framework.

The project in hand aim at recognizing the central importance of human capital, and at setting organizational and management models that encourage the participation of all citizens as “active members” of their community. At the same time, we must not overlook the financial aspect necessary to the achievement of societal objectives, which become important in the context of the resources made available by the institutions related to the community, such as municipalities. Indeed, by working together businesses can reduce costs, share risks and create new platforms for growth. Consortium co-operatives run on a shared and equal
way by, and for the benefit of, their members. Members can be businesses, partnerships or individuals.

At local and regional level, this project aim at providing a realistic, practical and effective answer to address a variety of current issues that exist also at EU level, such as the economical emergency, the unemployment rate, social cohesion, the digital agenda, rural and remote territorial development. At national and EU level, the project aim at providing a workable good practices considering the preparation of the targeted population in terms of competences, considering the recognition, transferability and accumulation of the entrepreneurial competences according to the ECVET framework in order to foster the mobility and improve the employability of the targeted group represented by citizens in remote or rural areas. Mobility indeed represents a key answer to the current low rate employment context at EU level.

The target group addressed by the project in hand are citizens from rural or remote area, and most particularly the “Not in Education, Employment, or Training” (NEET) population. The term NEET refers to people between 16 and 24 who are no longer in compulsory schooling and yet have not taken on employment, further education or training schemes such as apprenticeships.

Immediately after are the adult learning practitioners, cooperatives (employers), and adult learning bodies in general.

The project provide the following results:

1) A training course (TC) comprising:
- a survey and mapping report on good practices;
- a curricula;
- a training guide (e-learning and residential);
- a tool kit for multipliers (EntCom4M)
- guidelines for in-service training.

2) ECVET guidelines tool kit and recommendations encompassing:
- applicable ECVET framework;
- Competences list (knowledge, skill and attitude;
- definition of Learning Outcomes.
- definition of Units of Learning Outcomes.
- Credit for learning outcomes (credit) tool.
- ECVET point tool.

TFEI is leading on the training course development
Start Date - September 2014 - Duration 24 months

Programme: Erasmus+ Key action 2 "Strategic Partnership" (2014-1-IT02-KA204-003631)

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Training Course, Italy, February 2016



ENTCOM - Multiplier Event, June 2016, London

Multiplier Event, 10th June 2016, London