As part of the first deliverable of the “Integrated RPL & APEL Level 6 Accredited Online Programme for Entrepreneurs” project, the Research team, which was composed of members of each Project Partner carried out a quantitative research to identify the key competencies and skills required by Entrepreneurs to become successful, particularly, in a post Covid-19 business environment.

This research report included both secondary data, from which the research team has identified key entrepreneurial competencies and skills from past research studies and also primary data. The Research team developed a questionnaire to collect feedback from entrepreneurs on personal competencies and work-related skills, which was composed of Management, ICT, Communications and Other Specialist Skills. Within each competence/skill area, the respondents had to rate the level of importance for each competence/skill in that category. In addition, respondents also had the option to add any other competence/skill that they deem to be very important for a particular category.

The questionnaire was distributed in each partner country and promoted via social media. Respondents also had the option to choose from more than 1 language in carrying out the survey and this included English, French, Italian, Greek, Lithuanian, Slovak and Spanish. The survey was distributed over the period November-December 2020 and in total 158 respondents participated in the survey.

The results carried out from the questionnaire analysis were quite interesting, particularly, those related to work-related skills. In this research report, the top 5 from each Competence/Skill area is highlighted with the percentage of importance. The research team will now be able to use this data to incorporate within the development of the ARPEL Process. In particular, the identified competencies/skills could be included in the first Step of the proposed ARPEL process as a self-evaluation analysis.

This research report is Part B of a two part Research Study. With the Part A report focusing on identifying best practices of online accreditation, recognition of prior and experiential learning through-out Europe.

Click here to download the first edition of Part B Research Report

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