Project Type Transfer of Innovation
EU-CEC programme aims to investigate, analyze and research a key strategic objective of the Lifelong Learning
Programme. It is designed to cover all the key priorities of the project, by including all references and expertise in the
consortium. Regarding the partnership, it has been designed so it is well balanced, both geographically dispersed and in
terms of partners’ competencies and contribution to the project. Partners’ capabilities, experience and networking activities
will ensure a successful development of the project, as well as efficient dissemination of the outcomes and viable
One of the major success factors for Very Small Enterprises (VSE’s) is skills and capabilities of the entrepreneur in terms of efficient response to the requirements of the modern financial environment. In this competitive environment, many VSE’s lack the ability to adapt, as both employers and employees lack the appropriate knowledge and skills to implement an efficient management. This adaptation inability leads to a reduction of their competitiveness and to the suspension of operation of many VSE’s and results to the continuous decrease of their number. The result is the loss of job positions, the marginalisation and the exclusion from the labour market, especially for women and other vulnerable groups.
The scope of EU-CEC is the development of a common European certification system for the VSE’s staff aiming in the certification of entrepreneurship skills with the aid of ICT, especially of women, people with special needs and those active in mountainous and remote areas. The objectives are: 1) Establish European standards about entrepreneurship needed to practise employees, employers, and self-employed in V.S.E.’s, 2) Facilitate the comparison of the competencies beyond national frontiers, and therefore contribute to the geographic mobility of employees, employers and self-employed, 3) Support the transparency of recognition of entrepreneurship, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning, 4) Support the development of innovative ICT-based services, pedagogies and practice for life long learning. 5) Contribute to the development of Entrepreneurship through the update of competencies and exchange of experiences.
With regard to the partnership, it has been designed so it is well balanced, both geographically and in terms of partners’ competencies and contribution to the project. Partners’ capabilities, experience and networking activities will ensure a successful development of the project, as well as enough visibility to its results and establish future exploitation towards its long term feasibility.
The expected outcomes of the project are 1) The description of entrepreneurship skills and qualifications in terms of learning outcomes, 2) Mapping entrepreneurship competencies as a horizontal professional function onto the eight EQF reference levels of various professional frameworks. 3) Design of entrepreneurship competencies in transferable units of learning outcomes with allocation of credit points. 4) Design and pilot testing of a web-based certification system of entrepreneurship learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non formal context.
The envisaged impact of the proposed project is to promote a wider application on certification - recognition systems for typical and non- typical entrepreneurship skills and competencies needed to those involved in V.S.E.’s operations and also to adopt entrepreneurship as a horizontal module in every professional framework related to the operation of V.S.E.’s.
EU-CEC covers a wide range of European Life Long Learning priorities and disseminates the aspect of the EQF certification,
thus covering the contemporary needs of the VSE’s in the European vocational training environment.
The proposed project will address thoroughly the selected general objectives (C.2.1.), by identifying the training needs of
self employed / employers/ employees of VSE's in a European level and describe the entrepreneurship competencies as a
European horizontal module, onto the EQF reference levels of various professional frameworks. EU-CE outcomes will
contribute to further improvement and standardization of vocational and training programmes in the field of
Furthermore it will address the selected operational objectives (C.2.2.) and the European priorities (C.2.3.), via the
implementation of the work proposed in the third and fourth work packages; it will develop, implement and put into
practice a common web - based certification system of entrepreneurship competencies, including those acquired through
formal, non – formal and informal learning using innovative ICT tools.
EU-CEC will encourage collaboration, transfer of knowledge and exchange of experiences between institutions providing
learning opportunities, enterprises, social partners, which are partners of this consortium, and disseminate the outcomes to
labour policy makers on common issues at the EU level, concerning transparency and recognition of entrepreneurship
qualifications and competencies.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Other Service Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
transparency and certification
audio or video cassettes
description of new occupation profiles
The aim of this project is to develop of a common European certification system for the VSE’s staffs aiming at the
certification and recognition of entrepreneurship skills, especially of women, people with special needs and those active in
mountainous and remote areas. The objectives are:1) Establish European standards about entrepreneurship competencies
needed to practise employees, employers, and self-employed in V.S.E.’s, 2) Facilitate the comparison of the enterprising
competencies beyond national frontiers, and therefore contribute to the geographic mobility of these employees, employers
and self-employed, 3) Improve the transparency of recognition of entrepreneurship qualifications and competencies,
including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning, 4) Support the development of innovative ICT-based
certification platform and tools content, services, pedagogics and practice for life long learning. 5) Contribute to the
development of Entrepreneurship through the update of competencies and exchange of experiences.
The suggested proposal responds to the necessity of providing the labour market, with an objective and formal method of
certifying the enterprising competencies, more specifically those acquired throughout the professional life. For example, in
France, since the publication in January 2002 of the decree which establishes the Répertoire National des Certifications
Professionnelles”, it has been recognized a new right of validation of the competencies of the employees, through the
“Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience” (VAE). Likewise, in Spain, the Ley Orgánica 5/2002 of June 2002 mentions the
accreditation of the competencies acquired through professional experience or non-formal training.
Also, EU-CEC contributes to the strategies related to the lifelong learning and the occupational and geographic mobility of
the workers and, therefore, to the improvement of employability and personal development, as well as to the promotion of
equal opportunities in the labour market at EU level.
EU-CEC addresses the Declarations of Copenhagen and Lisbon, by stepping forward to an increasing European cooperation,
among which is worth mentioning the development of tools that will promote transparency and recognition of qualifications