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Training for managers of the Social Economy (focus on disability sector and social intervention)

The Social Economy (SE) is a sector composed of companies that in their entrepreneurial approach carry the values of social innovation and transformation, as well as the desire for social equity and economic harmony. They are driven by the principles and values of sharing, ethics, democracy, and social responsibility. These companies are now experiencing many changes that generate a specific need for professionalisation and skills renewal of their managers.

The 2008 COMCADES project (COMpétences spécifiques des CAdres/entrepreneurs de l’Economie Sociale) highlighted the diversity of training programmes for SE managers and pointed out that it is more than ever necessary to train managers of SE companies on "agile" organisations, facilitating team development and creativity, as well as on the management of changes.

Within ARFIE, a group of organisations who have the training of professionals and social inclusion at the heart of their activities (Tricentenaire, APEMH, FAIRE-ESS, AMPANS, FENACERCI, CERCIG, DEMETRA, CADIAI, Legacoop Sociali E-R) have decided to take over the work started with the 2008 project and are committed to developing an innovative action called COMCADES-2, which is aimed at:
a) Analysing and comparing challenges for management of SE companies in different European countries;
b) Developing a European qualification framework and a professional training for managers of SE enterprises active in the disability field (health-care and social sector), to be tested in dedicated pilots in each country involved;
c) Recognising a European dimension to the managers of the Social economy;

One of the first steps of this action consists of the analysis and comparison of the different national contexts of training and qualification for managers of the Social Economy. This activity (intellectual output) aims to support the partnership in updating the training needs (validation of areas of competence) and approaches (learning methodology), and allow partners to move forward and develop the qualification framework and the training program.

The following questionnaire aims, therefore, to collect information on the training systems available in your Country / Region for managers of the Social Economy operating in the social and health-care service sector.
The questionnaire is anonymous, but if you would like to stay informed about the results of the survey and the next steps in the implementation of the project, please do not hesitate to provide us with your name and email address.
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1) In your opinion, what are the skills that a manager operating in the social services sector (social and health-care) should possess?
2) In your Country / Region, what system is in place for the recognition of skills and competences of managers in the social services sector (social and health-care)?
3) In your Country / Region, are there training programmes dedicated to managers of the Social economy operating in the social services (social and health-care) sector?
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If yes, please provide some additional information to identify these courses: Name, organiser, type of training, duration
3.a) What are the main objectives of these trainings?
3.b) How are the training modules organised?
3.c) Who can participate in these training paths?
3.d) Do these trainings provide you with an official qualification certificate?
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If yes, can you tell us what type of certificate?
3.e) What is the degree of success of these training courses in terms of professionalisation and career progression?
4)Are these trainings supported by public or private funding?
5) What are the preferred training courses for recruiting executives in your structure?
6) Have you or your organization already participated in managerial training?
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If yes, please specify the type of training followed and the reasons that led you to attend it
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