Rådskonklusjoner av 12. desember 2014 om entreprenørskap i utdanning og yrkesopplæring
Council conclusions of 12 December 2014 on entrepreneurship in education and training
Rådskonklusjoner vedtatt 12.12.2014
BAKGRUNN (fra Rådets pressemelding 2.12.2014)
Entrepreneurship in education and training
The Council adopted conclusions on entrepreneurship in education and training (14402/14), which highlight the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills from an early age and of reinforcing links between the education system and the business world, in line with the June European Council's call "to promote a climate of entrepreneurship and job creation"1in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy.
The conclusions invite member states to fully exploit the potential that the Erasmus+ programme offers in supporting entrepreneurship education, in particular through knowledge alliances for higher education and sectoral skills alliances for vocational education and training, as well as to make the best use of other European resources such as the European Social Fund.
Entrepreneurship requires an understanding of economics and how businesses work, but equally importantly it calls for a range of transversal skills and competences (such as a sense of initiative and the ability to take risks, to think critically and creatively, to organise and show leadership, as well as the capacity to communicate and persuade others), which education institutions should seek to develop in learners, as part of a gradual and continuous process covering all levels and, as far as possible, across the curriculum.
Several member states presented briefly some of their national experiences in this field. They pointed out the need to facilitate access to finance and reduce 'red tape' for young entrepreneurs, encouraging risk taking and developing tailor-made approaches.
Commissioner Navracsics stated that the new Commission is fully committed to developing entrepreneurship in education, recalling that SMEs form the bedrock of the European economy. He drew attention to two new tools which the Commission has developed in this sector: HEInnovate, which has been very well received by higher education institutions, and Entrepreneurship360 - which will be launched next year for schools and vocational education training institutions.