On October 8th 2020, the consortium joined the Kick-Off Meeting of VESTA, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together 6 Partners from 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Spain). The KOM, originally planned in Pordenone, Italy, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.
More than 14 million family enterprises in Europe provide for 50% GDP and 60 million jobs. In times of crisis, family enterprises play a crucial socio-economic role as an employment buffer and pivot of growth. Despite their role, at present there are no programmes and initiatives tailored to the specific needs of family enterprises whose competitiveness is undermined by specific challenges. Shortcomings in regulation, definitions, support system and training limit family enterprises potential, exacerbated by fragmentation among Member States.
VESTA has the objective of supporting the growth and sustaining the competitiveness of family enterprises so that they can strive and continue to play that crucial role of social buffer and economic engine of growth, by developing innovative operational tool and training resources. Within such context, VESTA is devoted to family enterprises, especially those of micro-small size, formal and non-formal VET service providers and representatives of user groups, FB facilitators and members of support associations, media, and to all those who are interested in family business management.
During the meeting, the consortium as a whole discussed about the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. In particular, the partnership will upload the OER platform by the end of 2020: the VESTA official website will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium. This mapping activity will culminate in a final report on the state of the art about entrepreneurial education for family enterprises in Europe and will represent the basis for the development of training courses and tools.