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BRIDGE BETWEEN THE WORLDS OF EDUCATION AND WORK: Entrepreneurship Competence Framework and New Skills Agenda for Europe

Zagreb, 16 July 2016 – The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) is proud to announce the publishing of „EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework“ the newest science for policy report made by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on behalf of the Directorate General  for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL).

SEECEL was involved from day one in the process of creating EntreComp report through several modalities:
  1. As a starting point: SEECEL’s competence framework with learning outcomes, teaching and learning methods, monitoring and evaluation methods that has been developed, tested, strategically piloted and implemented in eight SEECEL member states,
  2. As ISCED levels of education: special attention was paid to SEECEL instruments dedicated to primary school (ISCED 1 and 2 level of education) and secondary school (ISCED 3 level of education). SEECEL showed uniqueness in two cases: a) within EU 28, only SEECEL had ISCED 1 level developed and applied and b) SEECEL was the only one that included the entire educational system from ISCED 1 to ISCED 5/6 level of education in one independent whole, in line with the European Qualification framework,
  3. As a member of the expert working group: SEECEL took part in the development of EntreComp report as an expert body comprised of experts from EU28,
  4. As a reviewer: SEECEL gave its review on the level 3 and 4 of the EntreComp frame, where it was not directly involved in development of associated instruments.
SEECEL's next step in the agreement with the European Commission would be the systematic dissemination and support in designing practical solutions, coordination and implementation at national levels.
This report presents the development of the entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens and organisations as one of the key policy objectives for the EU and Member States through sense of initiative and entrepreneurship that were identified as one of the 8 key competences necessary for a knowledge - based society. Therefore, the EntreComp framework proposes a shared definition of entrepreneurship as a competence, with the aim to raise consensus among all stakeholders and to establish a bridge between the worlds of education and work.
The framework develops the 15 competences along an 8-level progression model and proposes a comprehensive list of 442 learning outcomes. The framework can be used as a basis for the development of curricula and learning activities fostering entrepreneurship as a competence. Also, it can be used for the definition of parameters to assess learners’ and citizens’ entrepreneurial competences. Also, the framework aims to build consensus around a common understanding of entrepreneurship competence by defining 3 competence areas, a list of 15 competences, learning outcomes and proficiency levels, which current and future initiatives can refer to. The current report is the first publication to be released by the EntreComp project after an intensive process of research and stakeholder consultations.
The EntreComp report can be downloaded here.
SEECEL is more than available to present the overall framework for further arrangements related to the activities planned by project activities from the operating programme through effective human resources, where SEECEL was listed as the main enforcer in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
The release of EntreComp report, coincides with the adoption of the New Skills Agenda for Europe COM (2016) 381/2 from last week which has an aim that everyone should have the key set of competences needed for personal development, social inclusion, active citizenship and employment. These competences include literacy, numeracy, science and foreign languages, as well as more transversal skills such as digital competence, entrepreneurship competence, critical thinking, problem solving or learning to learn.
The European Commission has proposed ‘A New Skills Agenda for Europe: Working together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness’ to address the skills challenges that Europe is currently facing where Entrepreneurial Learning plays an important role.
The New Skills Agenda for Europe can be downloaded here.  
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