Basic career competencies
It is generally accepted that Entrepreneurial skills are not innate but can be taught and learned. Entrepreneurship and business knowledge are already taught within the formal school curriculum and are important indicators of employability and readiness for self-employment in later working life.
A key objective of Entrepreneurship Education is to help prepare students to become responsible and entrepreneurial individuals. Entrepreneurship education helps students to acquire the necessary skills and attitudes to achieve their career and life ambitions. Studies show that entrepreneurship education significantly increases employability.
The European Commission recommends that "entrepreneurial skills" be one of eight key competences for lifelong learning. Entrepreneurship Education is also enshrined in the Education & Training Strategy 2020 as the fourth strategic long-term goal to anchor creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship at all educational levels.
In recent years, economic and financial knowledge and entrepreneurial skills have become even more embedded in academic courses. However, it is felt that the challenges of globalization can only be met by integrating educational standards, entrepreneurial spirit, creative thinking within a dynamic economy. As a result it is felt that there is a need for young people to be more open and prepared to be self-employed receptive to innovative solutions in the context of their professional activity. Education is seen as the key to developing Entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and cultural awareness.
The Entrepreneur’s Skills Certificate® is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and is offered as an additional qualification from the eighth grade onward.
Reliable standards, online tests and a certificate recognized at European level have led to the international dissemination of the Entrepreneur’s Skills Certificate®. Tens of thousands of pupils per year complete the Entrepreneur’s Skills Certificate® in Austria, Germany, South Tyrol and Switzerland.
The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber believes that the Entrepreneur’s Skills Certificate® makes a significant contribution to promoting entrepreneurial spirit and economic knowledge in Austrian schools.