CORAL - Creating OppoRtunities for Adult Learners through entrepreneurial competences
KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Leading partner: ALFMED
CORAL is a pan-European educational pathway. It takes inspiration from the
Recommendation “A new skills agenda for Europe” (COM 2016 – 381 Final) which urges to up-skill and re-skill the European labour force with new skills, in order to allow them in self-employment and support adults to acquire a minimum level of key competences and/or acquire a broader set of skills necessary to progress towards an upper secondary qualification or equivalent.
If Member States want to achieve the objectives of an innovative, smart and inclusive
Europe included in the Europe 2020 Strategy, it is necessary for them to take into account the
SMEs and microenterprises and facilitate their creation, as they have a huge potential for job creation, beat high unemployment rates, and thus to reduce poverty and social exclusion. By
contrast, in Europe 70 million people lack adequate reading and writing skills, and even
more have poor numeracy and digital skills, putting them at risk of unemployment, poverty
and social exclusion. More than half of the 12 million long-term unemployed are
considered as low-skilled adults. (COM (2016) 381 Final).
In order to support their up-skilling, CORAL produces a set of tools to assess, develop and
recognize entrepreneurial competences. This result is achieved through the realisation of 3
products, having as primary beneficiaries long-term unemployed adults and as secondary ones
professional counsellors and educators of adults, as well as all the other professional figures involved in supporting activities for adult job seekers.
CORAL will develop the following tools:
1) CORATOOL- Skills Assessment Toolkit for self-employment requirements – it’s an
online self-assessment which allows the individualised identification of entrepreneurial
competence gaps. The assessment will provide to each beneficiary personalised
instructions on how to get access to a development programme of entrepreneurial up-
skilling and develop the entrepreneurial competences needed to implement work-related
activities typically operated in qualifications referenced at EQF4;
2) Online Start-up Academy – an educational pathway for the enhancement, capitalization
and up-skilling of entrepreneurial competences designed and implemented in blended-
mode according to the flipped-classroom logic. The theoretical and procedural aspects will
be delivered through the Start-up Academy MOOC while the experiential laboratories of
capabilities empowerment (Start-up LAB) will allow to experience a collaborative peer-to-
peer learning process.
3) International Piloting and CORAL guidelines: all CORAL tools will be tested in all
countries on 320 beneficiaries (40 per country), in order to evaluate its validity and the functionality; on the basis of the results of customer satisfaction questionnaires and on input (suggestions and feedback) collected by each partner, the consortium will validate the final guidelines for the exploitation of the A-MOOC, Start-it laboratories and for the conduction of the
appreciative validation to allow the recognition of the learning outcomes.
The direct beneficiaries of CORAL are low-skilled, long-term unemployed (2+ years) adults
coming from previous work experiences which can be referenced to EQF level 4. This is a
fragile target since the more they stay unemployed the more it becomes difficult for them
to find a job. The intermediate beneficiaries are PES, public and private employment
agencies and education providers for adults, who can incorporate the Kit within their up-
skilling pathways of adults competences.
For CORAL project, 9 partner organisations (public and private) from 8 countries are
combining their expertise in innovative didactics and their competence in the field of adult
education. Adult education providers, private employment services, public bodies in labour
and adult-education field, chamber of commerce, university, foundation, EU-wide networks
were all identified as strategic types of partner.