Smart Working – Innovative & Flexible Training for SME: the SWIFT SME proposal has been approved!

On September 2020, the Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the SWIFT SME – Smart Working: Innovative & Flexible Training for SME proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

EU SMEs are the most affected by the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown: Europe is “closed for business”, and while large companies have systems in place to implement telecommuting and Smart Work, SMEs (especially microenterprises) do not have ICT systems in place nor policies for their staff to work remotely. Furthermore, EU SMEs are the most exposed to the risk of not being able to ensure business continuity and be resilient in times of crisis. More importantly, they are less prone to reaping the benefits that Smart Working can bring due to the lack of guidelines on the most suitable ICT solutions and practices to implement Smart Working and of mechanisms to manage Smart Working and telecommuting. There is a pressing need to equip SMEs and empower their staff to implement Smart Working.

 

In this context, SWIFT SME aims at

  1. Fill the skill gaps identified by the EU and national entities to equip SMEs with skills, competences and solutions to be more flexible, responsive and efficient through Smart Working arrangements.
  2. Provide venues for SMEs and their staff to develop competences, skills and tools to adopt and adapt Smart Working for their resilience, competitiveness and growth.
  3. Enhance the responsiveness and flexibility of EU SMEs to ensure business continuity in times of need and crisis, while increasing their competitiveness and efficiency through effective Smart Working.
  4. Increase the growth and competitiveness of EU SMEs through more relevant and timely training to empower them with the operational tools and equip them with the skills to be more resilient and flexible.

SWIFT SME will produce a multilingual OER Platform containing training and tools for Smart Working that will be developed and delivered to at least 120 students at project implementation. Training courses will be developed on the basis of mapping activities and policy analysis at EU level. 

SWIFT SME will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will be implemented between 2020/22. The project brings together 6 partners from 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania and Spain).

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian Adult Education ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

 

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Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young farmers: the YOUNG FARMERS proposal has been approved!

On September 2020, the Erasmus+ National Agency in Bulgaria communicated the approval of the YOUNG FARMERS – Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young farmers proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

Low digital skills combined with the missing integration of Digital tools, are two factors that inhibit the competitiveness of young farmers’ business and the exploitation of missing opportunities. There is the existing necessity to valorise, enhance and support these fragile working categories leveraging on innovative entrepreneurial solutions applied to agriculture.

 

YOUNG FARMERS aims to valorise a sustainable and competitive growth path for young farmers providing them a set of training tools properly customised on their major needs. The content of the training addresses:

  • Communication and ICT skills
  • Digital and innovative management models for agriculture
  • Internationalisation and EU single market
  • Challenges and opportunities consequent to the adoption of such business framework
  • EU initiatives for young farmers

YOUNG FARMERS will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of seven organisations from five European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain).

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of adult education services. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project carrying out analysis and stock-taking activities of the Italian Adult Education ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

 

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IDP European Consultants to present at the “European Rotors” in Cologne, 10-12 November

From November 10 to 12, IDP European Consultants will attend the EUROPEAN ROTORS conference, presenting the funding opportunities for the rotor industry under Horizon Europe.  IDP will hold three specialised training seminars over the three-day programme and host personalised individual meetings with participants.  Explore the programme at www.europeanrotors.eu/programme/overall-conference-programme.

The EUROPEAN ROTORS conference is jointly organised by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Helicopter Association (EHA); it will be a first of a kind symposium for the rotor sector as a whole to do business and share knowledge: IF YOU ARE ROTORS – WE GOT IT! For more information about the EUROPEAN ROTORS visit the official website www.europeanrotors.eu

IDP provides consultancy services to different stakeholders from different sectors, spanning from microelectronics to helicopters: join us in Cologne, Germany, to explore opportunities from Horizon Europe to advance innovation.

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Local Adult Education Policy: The LEAP project has been approved!

September 14th, 2020

The Slovak Erasmus+ National Agency communicated the approval of the LEAP proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

The main aim of LEAP is to contribute to attaining the target of 15% participation rate of adults in learning as stated in Europe 2020 Strategy. In order to do so, better policies on adult education need to be promoted. The LEAP Consortium will develop learning tools targeted to local authorities in order to empower them in understanding and appreciating the importance of adult education and being prepared to draft local adult education (and/or skills) policy.

 

Furthermore, LEAP will produce:

1) An Open Education Resource Online Platform. It will provide the visibility оf LEАP and entry to the Community of Practice in the dоmаin оf lоcаl АE pоlicy.

2) Report on Trends and Dynamics in Local AE Policy Making. The mаpping of situation in project countries (cоmmоn methоdоlоgy, research, report on findings) will highlight the opportunities in local policy making for inclusion of adult education.

3) Toolkit for policy-makers, including a training module. The Toolkit will be an organised body of knowledge in the domains of the local policy making and adult education. The attention will be drawn to potential topics for civic education on local level / case studies in climate change, digital skills, health education – pandemia threats.

4) Guide on local adult policy making. It will be a very practical tool, a template for drafting of a simple local policy document, applied in practice and produced local policy documents.

LEAP will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of seven organisations from six European countries (Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Spain).

In LEAP, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of educational services in self-empowerment and business management, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. IDP builds on its consolidated experience and proven track record of more than 25 years of experience at international and European levels.

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Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport: the ENDURANCE proposal has been approved!

On August 2020, the Slovenská akademická asociácia pre medzinárodnú spoluprácu (Erasmus+ National Agency in Slovakia) communicated the approval of the ENDURANCE – Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

Links between sports & entrepreneurship are manifold, yet seldom recognized and rarely capitalized upon. The two are rarely found together in VET as effectively connected domains with synergic links: hence the need for much-needed entrepreneurial competences due to low EE in sports-oriented disciplines and lack of tailored entrepreneurship training.

ENDURANCE “rethinks” the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship based on the complementarities and commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship, such as determination, perseverance, self-confidence, stamina, respect of rules, team play, self-reliance, competition, success/failure, etc.

ENDURANCE’s objective is to reignite entrepreneurial spirit and modernize the way entrepreneurship is tackled in VET and to:

 

  • Map dynamics of sports and entrepreneurship, common traits and links for sustainable careers for learners in VET and sport systems
  • Develop ENDURANCE entrepreneurship custom-made training and tools
  • Establish online interactive OER platform for ENDURANCE training (virtual and blended-learning)
  • Sustain results and promote their uptake in VET and sport ecosystems
  • Advance the entrepreneurship discourse at policy level with the ENDURANCE Green Paper

ENDURANCE will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of eight organisations from seven European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain).

In the project, IHF will provide technical, operational and management contributions, being involved in all activities and “stages” of implementation to contribute to the production of deliverables and outputs. Moreover, IHF will be proactively involved in securing the engagement of target groups and stakeholders in project activities throughout the most relevant stages of analysis, development and deployment and piloting.

IHF will establish an operational connection between the ENDURANCE project and European policy and practice, also greatly contributing to its mainstreaming at European level. In particular, IHF ensures the “European Dimension” of the project as it carries out all the technical tasks from a “European Perspective”, i.e. carrying out analysis of relevant EU policies, trends and initiatives; extrapolating EU relevant case studies, lessons learned and best-practices.

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The proposal CREATE2Evaluate has been approved!

September 4th, 2020

The Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the CREATE2Evaluate proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

CREATE 2 Evaluate is a follow-up of ‘Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education’ (CREATE) which ran from 2017 to 2019. The CREATE consortium created an open resource Toolbox containing useful tools, best practice cases as well as networks for relevant stages of the policy cycle. In collecting tools for the Toolbox it became clear that tools were sorely lacking in one crucial area: evaluation. The original set of tools plus the ones yet to be designed can be found via: http://www.projectcreate.eu/ .

In addition to creating the evaluation tools, CREATE2Evaluate will provide support for implementation by designing guiding documents which will facilitate up-take and increase impact at systemic level. Agents interested in working with the new tools for evaluation can also benefit from the existing virtual community established under CREATE. The virtual community highlights the cooperative approach run by the consortium who believe they can only create viable instruments for the AE sector by incorporating the existing expertise from practice as much as possible. Beyond the lifetime of the project partners aim to enable players in the AE field to exchange experiences and cooperate more stringently to achieve more sustainable and efficient results informed by the sector’s real needs.

The consortium will collaborate with sector representatives to pilot and refine the tools in order to create easy-to-use templates that can be applied directly. The primary target groups of CREATE 2 EVALUATE are policy makers, managers in AE provider organisations and AE umbrellas at regional, national as well as EU levels, because they are centrally involved in designing policy and programmes and/or in putting strategies and programmes into action. They represent two perspectives on the processes but are equally affected by them and thus both profit from transparent evaluation procedures. All tools and other project results will be available as Open Educational Resources in accordance with Erasmus+ guidelines.

CREATE2Evaluate will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of eight organisations from seven European countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain).

In CREATE2Evaluate, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of educational services in self-empowerment and business management, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. IDP builds on its consolidated experience and proven track record of more than 25 years of experience at international and European levels.

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Regulation of the work ability in small and micro enterprises through multimedia tools: the AKKUEurope proposal has been approved!

On August 2020 the Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the AKKUEurope – regulation of the work ability in SMEs through multimedia tools proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

The aim of the AKKUEurope project is the systematic development and testing of a multimedia toolbox suitable for the target group on the basis of existing instruments, together with the owners and employees of selected SME companies.

SMEs play an important role in the European economy but are particularly affected by a shortage of young talent, as they are unable to compete with the services offered by Medium-Sized Enterprises and large companies in various respects (e.g. job security, pay levels, promotion opportunities). SME can and must react to this by paying special attention to maintaining the workability and employability of their existing workforces. In addition to the classic occupational health and safety measures, measures for the preventive maintenance of work and employability must be implemented to a greater extent, so that employees can and want to carry out their work until the planned retirement age. A comprehensive promotion of work ability can help to close this gap.

In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, such as:

  • Analysis of existing instruments in the partner countries
  • Adaptation of the instruments and completion of the toolbox
  • Test phase of the toolbox in the company
  • Media implementation of the instruments

AKKUEurope results will be practical and relevant solutions for micro and small businesses, available in multilingual versions, free and without restrictions through the OER platform.

AKKUEurope will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of seven organisations from six European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland and Spain).

In AKKUEurope, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of educational services in self-empowerment and business management, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. IDP builds on its consolidated experience and proven track record of more than 25 years of experience at international and European levels.

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DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR ADULT LEARNERS: the DEAL proposal has been approved!

On July the 9th, the Irish Erasmus+ National Agency communicated the approval of the DEAL – Digital Entrepreneurship for Adult Learners proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for AE.

DEAL stems from a few trends: according to official reports of the EU Commission, more than 40% of Europeans lack basic digital skills and almost half of them are unemployed and at risk of severe socio-economic marginalisation.

In addition, an ageing society is leading to digital and economic divide: low skilled Adult are the ones who are most exposed to risks of socio-economic exclusion due to lack of digital competences.

The macro-scale impacts are profoundly serious, considering how such high rates of unemployment dangerously pressure the overall economic and welfare system of a Country.

Nevertheless, as some real case scenario have shown, for Adult People the modern digital era can also represent an entrepreneurial opportunity and not only a threat: the DEAL project aims to trigger and unlock these potential providing strong, reliable, evidence-based and practical digital entrepreneurship and business management knowledge/tools to empower self-employability and entrepreneurship for low-skilled adults.

The Deal Project tackles various EU priorities:

  • the promotion and valorisation of active aging
  • the digitalisation of the European population (with specific regard to low skilled adults)
  • enhancing and boosting the entrepreneurial spirits across the EU

Partners will take stock of the current landscape of digital entrepreneurship for adult learners, identify trends and dynamics, as well as pinpoint training needs and tools to enhance and mainstream adult entrepreneurship and self-employability through digital opportunities.

DEAL will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of seven organisations from five European countries (Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain).

In the DEAL project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of educational services in self-empowerment and business management, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. IDP builds on its consolidated experience and proven track record of more than 25 years of experience at international and European levels.

In addition, IDP brings into the project its consolidated experience in international project management and reporting, gained in more than 25 years of experience in large collaborative projects.

IDP will also collaborate with the Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation and monitoring of the project.

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IDP partecipa all’iniziativa “Io Riparto – Storie di chi non si ferma”

Il 31 Luglio 2020 alle ore 10:00, IDP European Consultants sarà lieta di partecipare all’evento online “Io Riparto – Storie di chi non si ferma: R€-funding Italy”. L’iniziativa, promossa da Riparto LAB, Oiko ACX Action, si colloca nell’ambito della promozione di misure di accesso a forme di finanziamento per la ripartenza, con un particolare focus sui fondi Europei.

IDP European Consultants parteciperà con i propri senior partners per offrire una dettagliata panoramica sui fondi comunitari con particolare attenzione ai programmi a gestione centralizzata. L’iniziativa “Io Riparto” si aggiunge alla proposta gratuita di IDP “Solidarietà Digitale“, un catalogo multimediale che mette a disposizione di tutti più di 120 corsi di formazione su differenti tematiche, sviluppati nell’ambito dei progetti Erasmus Plus in implementazione.

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Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship: the NICHE proposal has been approved!

On 8th July the Icelandic Centre for Research (Erasmus+ National Agency in Iceland – education and sports) communicated the approval of the NICHE – Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for VET.

NICHE aims at enhancing entrepreneurship in the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) sector by developing innovative training for the underserved cohort of professionals (and prospective ones) who operate in ICH to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in the sector, enhance its competitiveness and sustain its growth.

ICH is more important for the EU economy than the entire automotive sector: over 300,000 people work in the EU cultural heritage sector. Almost 8 million jobs in the EU are indirectly linked to heritage (tourism, interpretation, security). For each direct job, the heritage sector produces 26.7 indirect jobs. This compares with 6.3 indirect jobs created for each direct job in the car industry.

In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, and develop:

  1. EQF compliant professional profile of ICH professional
  2. Training courses based on innovative topics for the ICH sector, such as management, fundraising, multifunctional work, Digital Cultural Heritage
  3. A pan-EU Open Educational Resource that becomes the focal point for ICH professionals to widen and deepen their skills and competences to be more competitive and respond to the demand of a fast evolving and growing market

NICHE will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of nine organisations from seven European countries (Iceland, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden).

In the NICHE project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of educational services in self-empowerment and business management, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. IDP builds on its consolidated experience and proven track record of more than 25 years of experience at international and European levels. In addition, IDP brings into the project its consolidated experience in international project management and reporting, gained in more than 25 years of experience in large collaborative projects. IDP will also collaborate with the Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation and monitoring of the project.

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