On 2 – 4 October 2019, project Bridging the Gap hosted a workshop as well as project partnership meeting in Larissa, Greece.

As far as Bridging the Gap aims to promote entrepreneurial skills in creative young people who need to enter and become successful in the labour market, we think almost everyone working in the cultural and creative industries need the assistance of “Creative Enterprise Mentor”. Based on the partners’ findings from previous research, we came to the conclusion that Creative Enterprise Mentor (CEM) is not clearly defined and generally does not exist as a specific job role in partners’ countries. Therefore, the overall aim of the project is to address the situation by the professional development of Creative Enterprise Mentors in the field of CCIs in Europe. This role has the aim to bridge the gap between creative learning and acquiring of enterprise skills in order to support young people to enter the labour market and thrive in the new creative knowledge economy at a time when CCIs contribute significantly and more than any other sector to youth employment.

In relation to the workshop in Larissa, it was attended by 6 lead mentors. Each of them is experienced in working in a specific area and simultaneously representing one partner country. They looked primarily at the development of a framework for a modular European curriculum based upon the occupational profile and the key areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes that the CEM needs in order to advise and support young creatives and creative start-ups to enter the CCIs.

As the EntreComp framework describes the entrepreneurial competencies that the Creative Enterprise Mentor will foster in a mentee, we decided to lean our work against the framework. However, many of these competencies are required by the mentor, who would be expected to have an understanding and experience of entrepreneurship.

Within these 3 days of the workshop, our lead mentors proposed 3 different modules, namely Ideas and Opportunities, Resources and In Action that will represent the main focus areas for the future mentors. Each module identifies its relevant learning outcomes where additionally each learning outcome is linked to its main knowledge, skills and attitudes. Titles of the proposed modules reflect the areas of the EntreComp conceptual model and the individual competencies are in line with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) levels.

Apart from the workshop, we also devoted a great part of the meeting to the discussion about future project activities. The project will soon develop and make available the online digital map with space for present and future mentors to get inspiration, get relevant contacts, broaden knowledge and improve skills for better performance of their work. The “Digital Network Roadmap” as we call it, will serve as the pathway to various communication tools, networks, resources to support creative startups and development of innovation. It will store frequently used digital tools with short descriptions as well as navigating future mentors in their daily lives.

More information on EntreComp framework available at: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC101581/lfna27939enn.pdf