The Entrepreneurial Employee

Written by Alison Price


If taking #EntedOnline is our challenge for the 2020/21 academic year, be assured that we are in the best state ever to take up this challenge.  We now have in place the key policy needed to shape a new approach and the tools to guide us.

Ever since EEUK adopted QAA definitions and approach in 2018, Entrecomp has underpinned many of the approaches taken by EEUK Associates as they seek to build skills as well as create and exchange knowledge.  With the 2018 QAA Guidance providing the much-needed clarity of definition, Entrecomp provides the language to communicate with business and the community and evidence change through its stated learning outcomes.

To assist you as you take some or all of your delivery online, EEUK has outlined a quick guide to show you how to work on each of the 15 Entrecomp competences.  By revising the educator support housed within the national library that EEUK curates – the ETCToolkit – this aims to provide inspiration to rethinking your approach underpinned by #EnteEd core principles.  However, the drive to work with Entrecomp is now even stronger.  With the latest release from JRC (EU) designed to support public and private organisations by balancing operational and entrepreneurial competencies, the education sector can now confidently use Entrecomp to help understand and track our entrepreneurial outputs, as well as help students and graduates articulate their experiences to employers.

Entitled ”The entrepreneurial employee in the public and private sector What, Why, How” this report establishes the need for entrepreneurial employees and provides a route for enterprise educators to track the development of competences as they support self-employment.   This will help address much of the significant tension that has existed as we work to support dual outcomes, or work with students to support their, as yet, ill-defined or changing ambitions.  This definitive report provides the confidence to use Entrecomp to underpin your new online dynamic and, if you are working with younger learners who are learning from home, can also be supported by the new supporting Entrecomp document for parents.  This is all incredibly timely as we recognise the need to move beyond blended learning and can draw upon online tools to support and track learning, such as this commercial product (small fee) which provides the way to track the Entrecomp competences through an Entrecomp online assessment tool.

EEUK will be sharing a wide range of online capacity building assessment/online tracking tools in a new series launching on ETCToolkit soon as we release the early results of an EERPF project in July 2020.

Further links with enterprise/entrepreneurship are being made with employability this month with the launch of the latest framework from Advance HE which explores embedding employability and identifies enterprise as a clear component.

Alison Price, Head of Policy, Professional Development and Resources, EEUK