European Certificate of Community Enterprise (ECCE)








Balancing needs of clients alongside those of commercial enterprise could cause problems for organisations with a social purpose. This is a challenge but it also creates a niche market for growth. Many NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) have potential to become quality providers of jobs, supporting by the emergence of enterprise. Some of the world’s best and most successful entrepreneurs have been excluded members of society in their personal past. Using their natural entrepreneurship “street-wise” skills are used to overcome poverty and disadvantage. Many have had no entry-level qualifications that would have allowed them to access HE.

The European Certificate in Community Enterprise (ECCE) is a new European-level vocational qualification developed by partners from UK, France, Spain, Sweden and Romania. During the life of the project they combined their knowledge and experience to create a relevant, flexible and needs-driven qualification to specifically support growth across Europe’s Social Economy. ECCE also sets up a new learning network as a way of disseminating and mainstreaming ECCE and its specialist toolkit.

KEY OBJECTIVE 1:
To develop active citizenship. Employability, new business creation and future learning paths for individuals from hard-to-reach communities.

KEY OBJECTIVE 2:
To promote entrepreneurship education, to develop active citizenship, employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship), supporting future learning and career paths for individuals in line with their personal and professional development.



This project’s results include a specialist start-up programme to help aspiring social enterprise and NGOs (Non-government organisations) identify business needs and access bespoke enterprise training. We will create an accredited social enterprise course and toolkit, which will be designed and tested collaboratively over a two-year period in order to create a resource which effectively meets the learning needs of Europe’s aspiring social entrepreneurs.

ECCE Final Seminar
Canterbury Nov2016

Photographic Memories of the ECCE Project

Our Partners

Romania Training Visit 2016 for ECCE

SEK and its partners from Sweden, France, Romania and Spain have been working on an Erasmus+ funded project, to deliver an international five day residential social enterprise qualification. We were really proud to bring together 32 social entrepreneurs to Romania in May 2016. ECCE’s aims are to promote entrepreneurship education, to develop active citizenship, employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship), supporting future learning and career paths for individuals in line with their personal and professional development.

ECCE Steering Group

The first steering group meeting was set in Canterbury with Claudia welcoming all partners and each one briefly introduced themselves.

The ECCE idea was born out of a previous project called ECCO with many of the current partner organisations taking part. ECCO was to help people who left school early without qualifications.
ECCO was a very large multi partner project which ran more than 10 years ago. ECCO included the development of a university-level qualification with 120 credit points, validated by universities in the UK, Spain, Sweden and the School of Social Services in France. The results of this early project showed that a vocational qualification specifically to support social enterprise was also necessary.

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May 25-29 2015 – Valenii de Munte, Romania, hosted by ProVita. 3-4 days meetings with the transnational coordinator (Rural Kent) and working group with project visits to help identify and develop the ECCE course content and to plan for large group accommodation and use of facilities. Series of social enterprises and local partner projects were visited and discussions about how to achieve Training Organisation status could be achieved for ProVita. ProVita works in very difficult conditions and it was felt necessary to check out practical issues of accommodating a large, multi-national group prior to finally deciding about offering the training course in Romania. The meetings and site visits resulted in secure knowledge that it would be a manageable event with clear vision achieved through understanding local conditions.

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Visiting BASTA took us all back – social enterprises within an established social enterprise which showed how the principles used made it an effective business. We saw the dog kennel, riding stables and wood work enterprise. We then went back to brainstorming sessions to get ideas which then were collated so that steering group members could work effectively together. The outline for the 5 day training course was discussed further and the structure established.

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The steering group looked at various models of social enterprise including Les Ateliers du Bocage, La Communauté EMMAUS ( Community) and La Calporteuse which are all community run projects. We had a very interesting presentation by Jerome Jamietean who explained the difference in France between a Social Enterprise and a ‘regular’ company. After a relaxing evening at LaCalporteuse further discussions and planning took place to prepare the training materials.

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‘Fascinating day. In the morning we visited ‘El Maestrat’, a dynamic centre that empowers and trains people to enter the world of work. Our visit coincided with that of Monica Oltra, Vice President of the Valencia, Castillon and Alicante region. We were shown around the centre by Antonio, who is also a great DJ. The afternoon was spent discussing and deciding the timeline of the community enterprise project training course which is programmed to take place in Romania in May. Before supper we had time for a walk around Peniscola (recently used for the filming of Game of Thrones). We also experience the cultural aspect of Spain by a presentation of Flamengo. The following day we concentrated on the learner manual and worked out responsibilities for each partner, how to enrol our volunteers as well as practical arrangements discussions for Romania.’

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