ECCE. European Certificate for Community Enterprise


Un training course di 5 giorni su un’impresa della Comunità (economia sociale) sviluppata da una partnership internazionale.

Il Certificato Europeo per l’Impresa Comunitaria (ECCE) è una nuova qualifica professionale a livello europeo sviluppata da partner del Regno Unito, Francia, Spagna, Svezia e Romania. Durante il progetto i partner hanno utilizzato le loro conoscenze ed esperienze per creare una qualifica rilevante, flessibile e guidata dai bisogni per sostenere la crescita dell’economia sociale europea. ECCE ha inoltre creato una nuova rete di apprendimento per diffondere ed integrare ECCE e il suo toolkit specializzato.




Sviluppare la cittadinanza attiva. Occupabilità, creazione di nuove imprese e percorsi di apprendimento futuri per persone provenienti da comunità difficili da raggiungere.


Promuovere l’educazione all’imprenditorialità, sviluppare la cittadinanza attiva, l’occupabilità e la creazione di nuove imprese (inclusa l’imprenditoria sociale), sostenendo i futuri percorsi di apprendimento e di carriera per individui in linea con il loro sviluppo personale e professionale.


Obiettivi specifici:

  1. To work with partners to analyse the training needs of social entrepreneurs across Europe.
  2. To design a new vocationally-based Certificate in European Community Enterprise.
  3. Carry out study visits and workshops to recognise and build on good practice and to transfer innovation to create new and bespoke learning opportunities to meet a niche market.
  4. Pilot the new ECCE course containing a Social Enterprise Development Toolkit to be designed by partners and delivered to a transnational sample group of 24 social entrepreneurs.
  5. To hold a final seminar as a major dissemination event at the of the project from which the final design of the new ECCE course will confirmed and the processes of accreditation as a new vocational qualification will be launched.
  6. Transnational project meetings will be held, including visits to good practice, innovative examples of successful social enterprise. There will be a total of 40 Learners from partner organisations will be taking part in the project and the wider impact will include influencing the lives and employment prospects of many others.



  1. Design of a A 5-day training course about community enterprise (social economy) developed by transnational partnership.
  2. Implementation of the ECCE pilot course.
  3. Creation of a ECCE Network for the development of the European Social Economy.



I risultati includono:

  • Compilation of one new European Certificate in Community Entrepreneurship (ECCE) with contributions from each partner organisation and covering all aspects of developing and running a successful community enterprise. Starting from an initial outline of identified content agreed through Skype sessions, expanding, enriching and adding European elements to create a new course ready to be presented for Accreditation. SEK looks at vocational structures for accreditation and works alongside CREAS to also prepare for future academic recognition.
  • 24 participants from partner organisations and 8 from host organisation (ProVita in Romania ) taking part in the new ECCE training course in 2016.

There are 6 Steering Group meetings for exchanging good practice, developing innovation, sharing skills and pooling expertise, feeding into the design and implementation of ECCE. Also visits to good practice social economy projects alongside each Steering Group meeting.

  • The partners prepare a Learning Toolkit for supporting European Social Entrepreneurship and Community Enterprise, based on innovative teaching methods and practical experience. This will be available to download from partner websites.
  • additional links to each partner’s website to facilitate wider learning and increased information on the European Social Economy.

Each partner organisation enjoys additional results in the form of increased ability to interact and support learner participants and to develop new methods of supporting disadvantaged groups through learning from partners’ good practice and lessons learned during visits to good examples of successful local social enterprise in each country.

The results also include 136 people informed at the final Seminar, held in Kent, to which support structures, policy makers, decision takers, businesses, local and regional authorities, social enterprises and individual entrepreneurs and representatives of communities come together with all the partners of this project to ratify content of ECCE and to learn, through about how to further develop the Social Economy at European level.


Area di intervento

European project. Participant countries: UK, Sweden, Romania, France and Spain.

Benicarló (Valencian Region);

– Area: 95,5 Km2

– Population: 28,337 inhabitants

– Youth dependency: 23,4% (Valencian region: 23,2%)

– Migrant population: 20,1%

– Early school leaving: 23,4%

– High population density

– Unemployment rate: >20%


Descrizione dell'organizzazione

Spanish organisation: CREAS ID Social SL

Private company


Dati di contatto

0034 964 473997


Data dello Stato



Stato di implementazione

On going


Descrizione di stato

Starting date: February 2015.


Tipo di intervento

Transnational Initiative, Pilot Project, Training Course


Altro tipo di intervento


Descrizione dell'intervento

Erasmus+ Project. KA2 Strategic Partnership.



Individuals from deprived communities across all partner areas and from areas with limited levels of enterprise in each country. As a result this target group may have poor educational backgrounds (achievement and experience), a requirement for diverse teaching methods, an unwillingness to engage with mainstream business support and a relatively low level of aspiration. But they will all have a social business idea or self employment ambition with which they need help. We aim to work on their transferable skills and to equip them with the confidence and resources they require to apply these life skills within a social enterprise context. There may also be additional cultural, logistical or language barriers to overcome in supporting this group.

The ECCE project will also seek to support individual community entrepreneurs, social enterprises and existing not-for-profit organisations that wish to be more enterprising and sustainable by learning how to set up a new social venture. This group will have experience of grant funding and working with local authorities on contract, but will have limited experience of developing their own income-generating ventures. These organisations are at risk of closure without developing their skills and capacity for developing trading-based income.

These two groups have very similar support needs. They do not come from a traditional business background, they will have considerable transferable skills which need channelling into developing a new social enterprise and they will be receptive to learning new skills and resources in diverse ways. Most business start-up programmes lack interaction and focus on an expert passing on their knowledge. The ECCE programme will acquire information which they can immediately apply, they will have time to reflect on their learning and will have access to peer support.



The partners strengthen links between VET & the labour market by designing the ECCE course & working with partners to draft the framework for a new vocational qualification based on the needs of the social economy. Lisbon Strategy includes developing VET par-excellence. Without capturing natural entrepreneurship the EU will not meet these targets.

The partners analyse each vocational system within their own country, compare and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, take best elements from each, shaping ECCE. A report is published and preparation is made for mainstreaming.


Componenti innovative

There are several areas of innovation in this project. It fills a gap in European provision, meeting the needs of a growth sector (social enterprise) by developing a specific vocational qualification that supports community entrepreneurs and social enterprises. This project is innovative in that it uses the target group themselves to drive the process of learning, not only undertaking training but designing and delivering the content of the course and preparing it for professional recognition to be used in VET and ultimately also in HE institutions. Another innovation is its design to span frontiers and meet transnational training needs.




Business/organisational expert from each partner organisation.


Office, communication






Erasmus+ Programme funds.



  • SEK (Social Enterprise Kent) UK
  • Action with Communities in Rural Kent (ACRK) | UK
  • BASTA Sweden
  • PROVITA Romania
  • St Clementin LitFest (Association Bi-lingue Fete Literature) France



  2. ECCE Network for the development of the European Social Economy.


Valutazione & SWOT analysis



Partners’ own funds (maintenance of network)

New European funds.


Impatto e utilizzo dei risultati


The impact on the participants will include their raised competence and new skills so that they are better equipped to set up and run social enterprises and community based business related activities. This will impact on their own self esteem, renewed confidence and they will recognise higher ambitions for themselves and their organisations through enterprise and pursuing learning pathways.

Impact on the participating organisations will be significant as they will be joint owners of a bespoke training programme to meet the needs of their staff and other groups they may support across the social economy. Not only will participating organisations be recognised locally as being able to quantify the quality of business support given to others, they will also be better equipped to develop their own staff and their own social enterprises by being more business-like with new skills learned from transnational partners.

They will be able to import good practice learned from partners, develop innovation recognised during the delivery of the project and staff will be more highly motivated and better able to act as catalysts for change due to having been enthused by working with a strong partnership towards a Europe-wide goal. Organisations will be better equipped to go for new tender opportunities and public contracts, having raised performance standards and better understanding of conditions relating to procurement and partnership working.

Impact on stakeholders, including local authorites and local businesses, will include better knowledge and awareness of the potential, scale and scope of the social economy to provide quality local services, leading to renewed confidence for the awarding of service delivery contracts. Stakeholders will realise that significant opportunities exist for the social economy to work together with statutory agencies to find solutions to embedded issues of exclusion that cannot be solved by public entities alone.

he desired impact at local level includes the ability for managers and staff of not for profit organisation to develop at social enterprises, raising their skills and competences, confidence and abilities so that they can efficiently turn their NGO into a social business to help support their service delivery to clients. Further desired impact at local level includes the recognition that social enterprise is not a poor relation to mainstream business – it will be considered as an equal partner in regional economic development once it is accepted that professional qualifications have been achieved by staff running the organisations.

Desired impact at regional level includes increased capacity to enter the competitive tendering and contracting fields to win contracts to deliver local services. This will bring higher recognition of the sector as well as improve services available at local level for those most disadvantaged in each community. Training establishments and colleges will offer ECCE in due course once it is accredited and validated and this will assist in and reinforce the professionalisation of the sector which will further compound on opportunities open to community social enteprises once they are recognised as quality providers of local services.

At European and international levels the desired impact includes better understanding of the framework in which each national training and education system operates so that mobility of opportunity and increased access to jobs across Europe is achievable. This leads to growth of more and better jobs for local people, better and more appropriate access to relevant vocational qualifications in a sector recognised as having potential for not only growth, but with scope to improve the quality of provision for populations across Europe who are the hardest to reach.

There will be impact on business support agencies who will be able to work in partnership with social economy organisations, recognising that business skills are as equal in not for profit groups as those in SMEs. Sharing resources impacts on both sides of the business sector, improving opportunities and reducing costs for all.


  • Translation to the course material

  • Internal dissemination

  • Outside:

– statutory agencies, learning institutions & government agencies, businesses, sponsors & individuals, community & profit organisations:

– Local Economic Partnerships (UK LEPs)

– Using newsletters, postings on each website, blogs, social media, press coverage, interviews, local radio, word of mouth, group information meetings, feedback forms & correspondence reporting and attendance at seminars, including speaking at events. Also using European level platforms/e-tools where results and information will be available through open licenses for all to access and enjoy for their unrestricted use.

– At national and European Level

– websites, feedback consultations, correspondence, newsletters and media opportunities.

– dissemination of project results, processes, methodologies used and individual achievements recognised will be disseminated to politicians in each national government and in Brussels.

The motivation for this is to influence future policy and to use the lessons learned through delivering this project to better inform decision taking about access to lifelong learning, and in particular the teaching of basic literacy, so that regardless of social circumstances, financial position, cultural or linguistic ability, provision is made to allow non traditional learners to access quality support and training so that they can improve their writing skills, whether it is for creative writing or simply to communicate more effectively.



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