Entrepreneurship education and training

January 21st, 2016 § 0 comments

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The European Commission – Directorate General GROWTH – made public last December a webpage dedicated to the ‘Liberal Professions’.

The Commission’s webpage lists ‘Educational entrepreneurship’ amongst the main challenges that liberal professions are facing. The Action Lines on “Bolstering the Liberal Professions’* specify in this context, professionals must much more think and manage their businesses as entrepreneurs, for instance, they have to:

  • Understand the economics of their firm or enterprise as a business, their costs, profit margins and prices that enable them to run their business in a profitable way,
  • Become familiar with and be able to use marketing and sales instruments like market analysis, market segmentation, different advertising approaches and sales techniques,
  • Acquire and apply “soft skills” like human resources management and negotiation, selfmanagement, creativity and problem solving etc.
  • Acquire and apply of e-skills to use ICT to rationalise and / or modernise their businesses.”

According to the Action Lines, the European Commission, together with professional organisations and Member States, are invited to:

  • Examine how best to Support the integration of Entrepreneurship Education into the initial professional education and training of liberal professional,
  • Support the integration of Entrepreneurship Education into the continuing professional development (CPD) of liberal professionals,
  • Support the development of Common Professional Frameworks,
  • Support the use of the programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) for the professional training and development of liberal professionals.

The CCBE Recommendations on Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 2007 already provide for lawyers to have “Knowledge relevant to the running of a law firm or an individual practice: application of practical elements, inter alia, in accountancy law, tax law, company law, social law, and insurance law.” The CCBE will look into what more could be done in this context.

* Please note that the Action Lines do not reflect the views of the European Commission. They were prepared by a working group which was set up by the European Commission three years ago. The CCBE participated in the works of this working group.

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