“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)EntCom_logo-200

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

PRESS RELEASE, 30.8.2016

Specialized training as a way to active citizenship

After two years of hard work, the project consortia of the ENTCOM project, is finishing.

In ENTCOM project, the partners implemented number of learning activities in Italy and in their home countries (learning mobilities and pilot training phase). During those activities, we were combining formal and informal learning tools such as questionnaires and interviews during, encompassing peer-assessment and self-assessment.

We created a complex system of evaluation to provide high quality assessment procedures. This system includes formative evaluation in the training activities and ten evaluators engaged in online evaluation programme.

Although the project is coming to its closure, the partners’ consortia identified the need of keeping the idea of the project alive, together with the need to keep the training course and all supporting materials (such as ECVET guidelines etc.) accessible for future learner. In order to grant those urges, partners created a complex Multiplier Toolkit which presents a practical approach how the ENTCOM outcomes can be used by third parties after the project is finished and how they can be multiplied and mainstreamed in the best possible way.

The toolkit aims to give guidance and provide available tools for multipliers to implement their activities. Furthermore, the toolkit suggests further activities and issues to consider. In all aspects the toolkit focuses on low-budget scenarios and aims to make it for multiplier as easy as possible to integrate multiplication into their daily activities. The specialized

In autumn 2016 the project partners are working on closing of the project, including final overall evaluation of the project and its activities. One of the most important tasks is also opening the project outcomes to the public. The project consortia agreed on maintaining the project website www.entcom.eu for at least four upcoming years, helping CCFs from various European regions to access needed information, updates and support.

 

Contact

Leila Richterová,  Komunikujeme o.p.s. – Project partner responsible for dissemination.
Richterova@komunikujeme.eu,  tel.: 00420 775 573 255.

Backround

The EntCom project lasts from September 2014 to August 2016 and there are 7 partners involved with this project:  TOJAS INVESTIMENTOS, LDA (Portugal), Sarikamis Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Latconsul SIA (Latvia), KOMUNIKUJEME o.p.s. (Czech Republic), ENTER-EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR TRANSFERAND EXPLOITATION OF EUROPEAN PROJECT RESULTS (Austria), newly TFEI (UK) and it is coordinated by representative association of cooperatives of Apulia Region – Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue – LEGACOOP (Italy).

The EntCom project generally 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.

More information:  www.entcom.eu, FB, LinkedIn
Download here: EntCom-Press Release 5_EN



 

“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)EntCom_logo-200

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

PRESS RELEASE, 30.7.2016

Specialized training as a way to active citizenship

After two years of hard work, the project consortia of the ENTCOM project, is finishing.

In ENTCOM project, the partners implemented number of learning activities in Italy and in their home countries (learning mobilities and pilot training phase). During those activities, we were combining formal and informal learning tools such as questionnaires and interviews during, encompassing peer-assessment and self-assessment.

We created a complex system of evaluation to provide high quality assessment procedures. This system includes formative evaluation in the training activities and ten evaluators engaged in online evaluation programme.

Although the project is coming to its closure, the partners’ consortia identified the need of keeping the idea of the project alive, together with the need to keep the training course and all supporting materials (such as ECVET guidelines etc.) accessible for future learner. In order to grant those urges, partners created a complex Multiplier Toolkit which presents a practical approach how the ENTCOM outcomes can be used by third parties after the project is finished and how they can be multiplied and mainstreamed in the best possible way.

The toolkit aims to give guidance and provide available tools for multipliers to implement their activities. Furthermore, the toolkit suggests further activities and issues to consider. In all aspects the toolkit focuses on low-budget scenarios and aims to make it for multiplier as easy as possible to integrate multiplication into their daily activities. The specialized

In autumn 2016 the project partners are working on closing of the project, including final overall evaluation of the project and its activities. One of the most important tasks is also opening the project outcomes to the public. The project consortia agreed on maintaining the project website www.entcom.eu for at least four upcoming years, helping CCFs from various European regions to access needed information, updates and support.

 

Contact

Leila Richterová,  Komunikujeme o.p.s. – Project partner responsible for dissemination.
Richterova@komunikujeme.eu,  tel.: 00420 775 573 255.

Backround

The EntCom project lasts from September 2014 to August 2016 and there are 7 partners involved with this project:  TOJAS INVESTIMENTOS, LDA (Portugal), Sarikamis Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Latconsul SIA (Latvia), KOMUNIKUJEME o.p.s. (Czech Republic), ENTER-EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR TRANSFERAND EXPLOITATION OF EUROPEAN PROJECT RESULTS (Austria), newly TFEI (UK) and it is coordinated by representative association of cooperatives of Apulia Region – Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue – LEGACOOP (Italy).

The EntCom project generally 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.

More information:  www.entcom.eu, FB, LinkedIn
Download here: EntCom-Press Release 4_EN



 

“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)EntCom_logo-200

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

NEWSLETTER 5

Active citizenship, work and social innovation

After two years of hard work, the project consortia of the ENTCOM project is finalizing the outcomes that are designed to directly support communities to organise themselves and provide services they need by themselves.

“Community Cooperatives“ represent a project of active citizenship, work and social innovation. The goal is to develop new expressions of mutual aid, with the aim of creating a development based on the conservation and enhancement of the traditions, the natural, economic, social and cultural resources of that place.

Building knowledge and skills in specialized training

Training Course for Community Cooperative Facilitators is the crucial outcome of the project. The course curriculum provides a set of “Modular Units”, which are then broken down into appropriate and relevant “Skill Topics” in specific subject areas that can then be used to support and advise groups in the establishment and development of rural cooperatives. Each Unit or Skill Topic can be taken separately as they have been designed to be stand-alone, so they provide fully customable learning material. This is provided also by the “self-directed learning” structure and design, so every student can proceed at individual pace.

Multiplaying the idea of community cooperatives

The partners of the consortium organised multiplier events in all the countries, involving local and foreign participants, showing them the intellectual outputs of the projects, discussing with then about needs and opportunities and how to use these tools in the current work for the communities’ development.

Read more and download here: Entcom_Nesletter Nr.5 EN



 

“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)EntCom_logo-200

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

NEWSLETTER 4

European Credit system in Vocational Education and Training

The crucial part of the ENTCOM project was development of new educational course for community cooperatives. In order to make this course as fruitful as possible, we decided to follow so-called “ECVET EU framework”. What does it mean?

ECVET EU stands for European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training.  This structured and operational instrument enables recognition of learning outcomes and therefore the use of competences, such as knowledge, skills and attitude, that were extended in institutions abroad. Thanks to international standards and procedures, the learning outcomes are transferable from one educational context to another, making lifelong learning more reasonable, useful and also attractive for learners, educators and employers.

Profiling the learner´s achievements

During the development of training course, its methodology and subsequent supporting materials, the project partners created the following elements of learning activities:

  • competences list (knowledge, skill and attitude);
  • definition of unit of learning outcomes (a complex system of competences that is readable and verifiable);
  • assessment methodologies.

Communication and self-development as a part of learning

In ENTCOM project, the partners implemented number of learning activities in Italy and in their home countries (learning mobilities and pilot training phase). During those activities, we were combining formal and informal learning tools such as questionnaires and interviews during, encompassing peer-assessment and self-assessment.

We created a complex system of evaluation to provide high quality assessment procedures. This system includes formative evaluation in the training activities and ten evaluators engaged in online evaluation programme.

Read more and download here: Entcom_Newsletter Nr.4 EN



 

“EntreprenEntCom_logo-200eurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

PRESS RELEASE, 2.5.2016

Mapping and Surveying report

One of the main results of the EntCom project (“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives”) presents the Training course for Community Cooperative Facilitators. On one hand mapping and surveying has been the starting point to know what are the real needs of formation and learning of young people in rural areas, entrepreneurs, stakeholders at local and national level, and members of rural communities. On the other hand, within the process project partners analysed the data and would like to disseminate the good practices already developed in rural areas in the different countries of the project.

The Mapping and Surveying report starts with Key concepts and definitions, about cooperatives and community cooperatives or similar tools and legal frameworks useful for communities, which want to self – organize and provide solutions for common needs in different countries.

The central part of the report concern Identification of training needs – Survey results. Questionnaires were submitted by different target groups in each partner country (entrepreneurs and youth people living in rural areas, stakeholders at local level and national level, rural population identified as local authorities, social workers, citizens). Through the survey, the project EntCom aimed to define the skills required for implementation of entrepreneurship initiatives in rural communities, to identify the main needs for the local development and employability in rural areas, to collect information about the opportunities, initiatives and interests of active citizenship in rural communities.

The last part of the Mapping and Surveying report comprises Good practices selection, with the experiences of organized communities in Italy, Austria, Latvia, Czech Republic, Portugal, U.K., Turkey and other countries. These practices should offer improvement of the skills and answer the questions of activation and formal organization of rural communities addressing also employability of young people.

Katia de Luca, the representative of Italian project partner communicates a few findings: „The survey provided a lot of information about needs of training. Generally there is a great awareness of necessity to improve the skills before starting an entrepreneurial project for the community. We found out the main topics that needs to be improved – how to start and fund a project, innovation, communication, marketing, etc. And furthermore also methods to be used – face to face training is considered essential, next to e-learning materials.”

Mapping and survey has also given the project partners some suggestion on the role of entrepreneurship in a community cooperative setting, such as stimulating cooperation between institutions, local authorities and citizens; favouring networking; developing a good capacity to create new jobs; working on needs analysis, continuously as change community needs; promoting initiatives citizens centered; working for sustainability; stimulating a participatory process in communities and reflective practice etc.

Mapping and surveys results further suggested some area of skills that represent an input for the training design. The aim of the training is to give to facilitators instruments and tools to support the community cooperatives formation in rural areas, and at the same time instruments to look for further technical trainings in their local context or on e-learning modality. So, the training for Community Cooperative Facilitators provides knowledge and tools to develop entrepreneurial skills such as project management, cooperative governance, networking, communication and presentation skills, team management, fundraising and business modelling.

 

Contact

Leila Richterová, Komunikujeme o.p.s. – Project partner responsible for dissemination.
Richterova@komunikujeme.eu, tel.: 00420 775 573 255.

Backround

The EntCom project lasts from September 2014 to August 2016 and there are 7 partners involved with this project: TOJAS INVESTIMENTOS, LDA (Portugal), Sarikamis Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Latconsul SIA (Latvia), KOMUNIKUJEME o.p.s. (Czech Republic), ENTER-EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR TRANSFERAND EXPLOITATION OF EUROPEAN PROJECT RESULTS (Austria), newly TFEI (UK) and it is coordinated by representative association of cooperatives of Apulia Region – Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue – LEGACOOP (Italy).

The EntCom project generally 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.

More information: www.entcom.eu, FB, LinkedIn



 

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“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

NEWSLETTER 3

“Mapping and Surveying report”

Mapping and Surveying was within the EntCom project used as the starting point to identify the real needs of formation and learning of young people in rural areas, entrepreneurs, stakeholders at local and national level and all the rural communities members. That´s why the partnership spent a lot of energy on creation of Mapping and Surveying report.

On the other hand, the project partners would also like to disseminate the good practices already developed in rural areas in the different countries of the project. These practices should offer improvement of the skills and answer the questions of activation and formal organization of rural communities addressing also employability of young people.

After listing the “Key concepts and definitions” about cooperatives and community cooperatives or similar tools and legal frameworks useful for communities, who want to self-organize and provide solutions for common needs in different countries, we find in the Mapping and Surveying report the central part “Identification of training needs – Survey results”. This phase of mapping and surveying is focused on identification of training needs through a practical approach based on submission of questionnaires to 5 target groups in each partner country:

  • Entrepreneurs in rural areas
  • Youth people living in rural areas
  • Stakeholders at local level
  • Stakeholders at national level
  • Rural population and citizens

 

The aim of the questionnaires was to:

  • Define the skills required for implementation of entrepreneurship initiatives in rural communities
  • Identify the main needs for the local development and employability in rural areas
  • Collecting information about the opportunities, initiatives and interests of active citizenship in rural communities

The survey provided a lot of information about needs of training (generally there is a great awareness of necessity to improve their skills before starting an entrepreneurial project for the community), topics they need to improve (how to start and fund a project, innovation, communication and marketing, etc.), methods to be used (face to face trainings is considered essential, next to e-learning materials).

The results are used as starting point for the implementation of a blended training for improving the entrepreneurial skills and competences of potential entrepreneurs and citizens in rural areas.

The summary of the survey results and also the selection of Good practices with the experiences of organized communities are available in “Mapping and Surveying Final Report” on EntCom website: http://www.entcom.eu/deliverables-publications/.

Read more and download here: EntCom -Newsletter_No3_EN



 

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“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

PRESS RELEASE, 25.04.2016

Transnational Training for Community Cooperative Facilitators

Transnational Training for Community Cooperative Facilitators (CCFs), was held as part of the EntCom project (“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives”) in Selva di Fasano, Italy, February 1st to 5th, in a residential mode, involving 65 people from 7 different countries (Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, U.K., Portugal, Turkey). Future CCFs should be able to support people in rural communities to form themselves into “cooperatives” with the aim of solving local issue in a practical and entrepreneurial way.

Project partners debated and finalized the last details and organizational arrangements of the Transnational Training Course Programme during the 3rd EntCom Project Transnational Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic from the 14th till the 15th of January 2016. The Transnational Training is a part of the creation process of the final Training course, one of the main project results.

Participants of the Transnational Training – potential future “facilitators”- were during those 5 days in Italy, confronted with some good practices of Apulia Community Cooperatives and also with a number of other organizations able to offer useful tools and methodologies to work with communities. Within diverse workgroups and case analysis, in order to stimulate interaction and participation, the participants mainly debated and worked on

  • The cooperative values and principles, the democratic management in the practice of the community cooperative
  • Tools, methodologies and practices for the needs analysis and the participatory planning
  • Identification of the cooperative and the entrepreneurial project and working on its sustainability
  • Involving stakeholders and activating the network
  • Techniques of storytelling and work on collective meanings attributed to the places and the community resources
  • And many other relevant topics

Katia de Luca, the representative of Italian project partner presents some concluding remarks from these sessions: “It is usually not easy to support communities in becoming “entrepreneurial communities”, capable of identifying the common needs and of building possible solution in a sustainable way, it is a long and complex process. It needs to integrate different methodologies, to provide different knowledge, to activate processes that let citizens be protagonists from the beginning. We have imagined the “facilitators” as community members, who are active promoters, together with other people, of a self-organizing process within the community. “Facilitators” should be able to activate strategic processes to fund and develop the community cooperative, as the needs analysis, the economic and financial sustainability, the stakeholders involvement and so on. Also that is why the EntCom project partners are developing such a unique “self-directed” learning programme consisting of modules with such a wide variety of topics.”

After the Transnational training, some of the participants are cooperating on the national pilot testing and evaluation of the whole Training course and some of them have even activated very interesting processes in their own communities of origin. They are trying to work on their community cooperative models, collaborating with stakeholders and policy makers, to adapt them to various local contexts, and to innovate the models. They became spontaneous multipliers.

 

Contact

Leila Richterová, Komunikujeme o.p.s. – Project partner responsible for dissemination.
Richterova@komunikujeme.eu, tel.: 00420 775 573 255.

Backround

The EntCom project lasts from September 2014 to August 2016 and there are 7 partners involved with this project: TOJAS INVESTIMENTOS, LDA (Portugal), Sarikamis Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Latconsul SIA (Latvia), KOMUNIKUJEME o.p.s. (Czech Republic), E.N.T.E.R. (Austria), TFEI (UK) and it is coordinated by representative association of cooperatives of Apulia Region – Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue – LEGACOOP (Italy).

The EntCom project generally 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.

More information: www.entcom.eu, FB, LinkedIn



 

EntCom_logo-200“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

NEWSLETTER 2

“Transnational Training course for first potential Community Cooperative Facilitators”

During the 3rd EntCom Project Transnational Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic from the 14th till the 15th of January 2016, primarily the organizational details and arrangements of the Transnational Training Course Programme as one of the main EntCom Project expected results, were debated and finalized.

This Transnational Training for Community Cooperative Facilitators, was held as part of the EntCom project in Selva di Fasano, Italy, February 1st to 5th, in a residential mode, involving 65 people from 7 different countries (Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, U.K., Portugal, Turkey). During 5 days, the potential future “facilitators” were confronted with some good practices of Apulia Community Cooperatives (Melpignano Community Cooperative; Jemma of Zollino Community Cooperative, Faber City of Alberobello Community Cooperative), analyzing with them the model of governance, the sustainability process, the methods of community involvement, the nature of mutual exchange, and for each of these aspects of the strengths and potential growth. The participants were also confronted with a number of other organizations able to offer useful tools and methodologies to work with communities, like Coop. Improvvisart (improvisational theater, education and empowerment, theater Community); Città Fertile Organization (participatory planning), Association Scie urban and project In-Cul.tu.Re (rethink urban spaces); Ithaca – Luna Rural Laboratory (innovation in agriculture and local development); Coop. InnovAction (policies environmental, compost of community); Land2Land (enhancement of rural areas and innovation in agriculture).

The sessions included workgroups and case analysis, in order to stimulate interaction and participation on the following aspects:

    • The cooperative values and principles, the democratic management in the practice of the community cooperative
    • The analysis of the needs of the community: practices and tools
    • Identification of the cooperative and the entrepreneurial project and working on its sustainability
    • Involving stakeholders and activating the network

 

Participants further worked on:

tools, methodologies and practices for the needs analysis and the participatory planning: Microlab, metaplan, planning for real, E.A.S.W;

Techniques of storytelling and work on collective meanings attributed to the places and the community resources;

Cooperative business model canvas to work on the cooperative project and its sustainability.

Download here: EntCom newsletter No2_EN



 

EntCom_logo-200“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.


PRESS RELEASE, 10.12.2015

Innovative way to help people in rural or remote areas

Partners of the project “Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom) are developing a special training programme that will educate the so-called “Community Cooperative Facilitators – CCFs”. CCFs will be able to support people in rural communities to self-organize, to form themselves into “cooperatives” with the aim of solving a practical local issue and providing local broadband when the service providers can’t manage these services.

The modules that make up the training course will include a variety of activities to realize and develop appropriate competencies to be a Community Cooperative Facilitator. CCF will be supported in learning, through formal and informal methods, how to help individuals and groups in: identifying their community project, using a cooperative model or a similar model, implementing the project, evaluating the state-of-art, developing communication and marketing techniques, and caring effective financial and human resources management.

The transnational training course for the first 70 CCFs – 10 from each partner´s country will take place in Italy, the first week of February 2016. Participants will give feedbacks, evaluations and recommendations, participating to the work for the EntCom final training course, the main output of EntCom Project. These first CCFs will be multipliers and, after training, will provide 10 possible participants for a national “pilot test” of part of the whole training. The final training course will be then available in the second half of the year 2016, also as an E-learning course.

Why Community Cooperative Facilitators?    “Often in small towns and rural areas some useful services for the community are not provided, because the resources of the government are not enough to ensure its management. Even private resources are scarce, and so often rural areas do not provide for example services for children or for the elderly. Often, due to lack of resources, common goods are not well managed, such as green spaces or old abandoned buildings.

Community Cooperatives are organizational and management models that encourage the participation of all citizens as “active members” of their community. Citizens can manage public spaces or community facilities putting together and organizing themselves. The model of cooperative community is providing answers to the needs of small rural areas in many parts of Europe.

The project intends to support EntCom training facilitators who can in turn support people and communities in the design and development of a common project community development,” explains Katia de Luca, the representative of Italian project partner.

 

Contact

Leila Richterová, Veronika Holečková, Komunikujeme o.p.s. – Project partner responsible for dissemination.

richterova@komunikujeme.eu, holeckova@komunikujeme.eu, tel.: 00420 603 870 879.

Backround

The EntCom project lasts from September 2014 to August 2016 and there are 7 partners involved in this project:  TOJAS INVESTIMENTOS, LDA (Portugal), Sarikamis Kaymakamligi (Turkey), Latconsul SIA (Latvia), KOMUNIKUJEME o.p.s. (Czech Republic), ENTER-EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR TRANSFERAND EXPLOITATION OF EUROPEAN PROJECT RESULTS (Austria), newly TFEI (UK) and it is coordinated by representative association of cooperatives of Apulia Region – Lega Regionale delle Cooperative e Mutue – LEGACOOP (Italy).

The EntCom project generally 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.

More information: www.entcom.eu, FB, LinkedIn
Download here: EntCom-Press release 1 EN



 

EntCom_logo-200“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

NEWSLETTER 1

“The new partner brought a fresh wind and the outlines of the Training Course Programme”

During the 2nd EntCom Project Transnational Meeting in Riga, Latvia from the 15th till the 16th of September 2015, all the current consortium members welcomed the new partner The Foundation for European Initiatives (TFEI) from UK on board. Their chairman Dr. Paul Quantock (as a representative of the Training Work Package) took main role in creating the outline Training Programme structure. The Training Course Programme is one of the main EntCom Project expected results, together with the ECVET guidelines tool kit and recommendations. Furthermore the consortium debated on all the ongoing project issues and agreed on further tasks and deadlines.

Especially were debated specifications of the Transnational Training course for 10 multipliers from each partners country. Consortium decided that this event will take place in Italy, in February 2016 and the term “Community Cooperative Facilitator” (CCF) was accepted as a concept of competences, who could be the Transnational training course attendees. The Training Course will be vital for individuals who are involved in and/or are interested in supporting people in rural communities to form themselves into “cooperatives” with the aim of solving a practical local issue e.g. providing local broadband when the service providers are reluctant to do so.

The first partners meeting was held in February 2015, in Bari, Italy, where the partners presented themselves and mainly the organizational and communication issues were debated.

The “community cooperative” represents an instrument through which the citizens are associated for carrying on activities of general interest for the community. Community cooperatives are often set up when no external investors or public authority provider are prepared to take on a community service, as it may be too small or too remote. The active participation of citizens plays an increasingly important role regarding the general interest of the community, considering specific services provided to citizens, the local economy, social cohesion, equitable and sustainable growth, aiming at improving the conditions of living of communities globally.

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.

Download here: Entcom Newsletter 1_EN



 

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“Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCom)

The EntCom project (supported by EU’s programme Erasmus+) aims at fostering active citizenship and entrepreneurship in small or remote areas.

 

ENTCOM – TEASER

Are you interested or/and involved in supporting people and community in rural area?

Are there any issues or problems at local level in your country, that the local service providers can´t manage?

Would you be willing to support people in rural or remote areas to self-organize and form themselves into “cooperatives” with the aim of solving the issue?

3 times ‘YES’? …

then become a Community Cooperative Facilitator (CCF)!

All active citizens, trainers or community activist from a training institute or NGO are welcome to attend the Transnational training Course in Italy, February 2016, organized within The project “Entrepreneurship and Community cooperatives” (EntCoM).

During 5 days, as 1 of the 70 participants from 7 different EU countries, you will go through practical and informative course. Topical modules provide the training, that you as the future CCF would need, to promote community cooperative in your rural area and support other people in analyzing their communities needs, identifying a project and operating for its effective implementation.

As a participant of this Transnational training course:

  •  You’ll find out ways how to help local communities to cooperate and help themselves
  • You can share experiences and local specifities
  • You become not only a multiplier but by giving feedbacks, evaluations and recommendations, you will also participate in creating the Final Training Course, which is one of the main results of the EntCoM project

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein

ENTCOM

Entrepreneurship and Community Cooperatives

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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.

Download here: Entcom teaser 01