DIGITAL COMPETENCES AND SKILLS: IDP European Consultants took part in the closing meeting of DELSA, an Erasmus+ Project

On 14th and 15th October 2020, seven Partners from six European countries – Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain – met online for the closing meeting of DELSA – Digital Empowerment for Low Skilled Adults – a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

DELSA aimed at addressing the issue of low digital competences and skills by developing immediate and concrete training and educational resources to advance digital abilities of low skilled adults.

During the online closing meeting, Partners resumed the main results and activities of the project, discussing on the final actions to be completed. Dissemination results were showcased as well as the general level of satisfaction from the partners concerning the implementation of the project and the organisation of Transnational meetings. In particular, partners were focused on how further exploit DELSA results even after the project completion.

The photo was taken during our last meeting in Budapest.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET 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 joined the online Kick-Off meeting of the CREATE2Evaluate Project

On November 12 and 13, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of CREATE2Evaluate, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together eight Partners from seven countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by Niedersächischer Bund für freie Erwachsenenbildung e.V. (NBEB), was originally planned in Hannover (Germany) but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The project draws on the lessons learnt from its predecessor – the CREATE project (Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education), – which equipped policymakers with tools to formulate better policies so to narrow the gap between strategy and implementation, and highlighted the need for tools to evaluate existing strategies.

During the meeting, the consortium discussed about the overall implementation of the project, defining timelines, respective duties and activities that will take place in the following months.

CREATE2Evaluate will develop innovative tools devoted to policy makers at various layers of governance (from local to national and EU) to monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of Adult Education (AE) policies and interventions.

CREATE2Evaluate will make use of an existing platform which was designed and created for a previous project. This platform can be adjusted to also serve the needs of this project and partners will programme it to meet the needs of CREATE2Evaluate.

Partners will map the current policy landscape in terms of evaluation, assessment and monitoring. The results will be specific country or regional (depending on the operating level of each partner) reports outlining the status quo of practice, all combined into one main report. As a repository of knowledge and data this paper will enable future users of the tools to compare their own contexts, to gauge potential for application and to visualise perspectives of action.

Partners will draw on their own expertise, the results from the mapping phase and stakeholder input to develop a set of tools for evaluation (formative and summative) of AE policies. The selection of tools will take into account different purposes of evaluation (e.g. process, persuasive, symbolic, instrumental) as well as its role in the policy cycle. The goal is to make them as easily accessible and as directly applicable as possible to allow users to adopt them to their work realities without any hassle.

CREATE2Evaluate will produce a final paper to stimulate the debate around evaluation and change the general attitude, which often sees evaluation as an unloved, time-consuming requirement instead of a true chance for improvement. Instead of shelving the results of pro forma evaluation procedures, the argument is to adjust evaluation in order to shed light on useful results which can truly inform future strategies in the domain of Adult Education.

All CREATE2Evaluate results will available in multilingual versions, free and without restrictions through the OER platform.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-off Meeting of NICHE

19th November 2020

IDP European Consultants took part in the Kick-off Meeting of NICHE – Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship, a new Erasmus Plus project 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

The meeting, originally planned in Brussels, was held online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The partners had the opportunity to introduce themselves by dedicating the first part of the meeting to the presentation of the organisations that will collaborate in the development of NICHE. During the meeting the partners analysed the details of the project plan and precisely defined roles and responsibilities for the implementation of the project activities. After reviewing all the objectives and results to be produced, the partners established the visual identity of the project by choosing, the logo and the website domain that will be online very soon. An action list was defined at the end of the meeting so that all that partners are on the same page in terms of activities, responsibilities and deadlines.

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

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET 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 joined the closing meeting of SOLOPRENEUR, an Erasmus Plus Project

On November 16th, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online closing meeting of SOLOPRENEUR (Self-Employability in Remote Regions of Europe). The project has been implemented by eight Organisations from six European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, France, Iceland, Italy, Spain) with the aim of fostering the access to the EU job market of people who are in search of their first employment, are (even temporarily) out of the job market for objective reasons (crisis, job market contraction, in-between jobs, etc.), underemployed (position lower than qualification) or want to develop their own business.

The project developed training modules and training fiches in 6 languages (English, French, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, and Spanish) published on the SOLOPRENEUR Platform http://www.solo-preneur.eu/training.php

During the meeting, held online due to COVID-19 pandemic, Partners finalised the OER Platform structure with a recap on the numbers of single accesses reached during the 24 months of implementation. Furthermore, Dissemination results were showcased, and suggestions were proposed to further improve the impact before the end of the project. Administrative aspects and reporting were finally addressed, along with the Quality Assurance section, meant to improve the overall level of the project.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

For further information on SOLOPRENEUR and IDP European Consultants, please contact:

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Digital Entrepreneurship for Adult Learners: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of DEAL

On November 9th 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of DEAL, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven organisations from five European countries (Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain). The KOM, originally planned in Brussels, Belgium, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

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 this potential by 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

During the meeting, the Consortium discussed about the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. In particular, the partnership will upload the OER platform by the end of 2020: the DEAL official website will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Regulation of the work ability in small and micro enterprises through multimedia tools: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of the AKKUEurope Project

On November 3rd 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of AKKUEurope, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from six countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, The Republic of North Macedonia). The KOM, originally planned in Forst, Germany, was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The aim of the AKKUEurope project is the systematic development and validation 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 workability 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
  • 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.

During the meeting, the consortium discussed about the overall implementation of the project, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. At first, partners will go through an in-depth analysis of the existing instruments and theories for the implementation of workability models at business level. Later on, this cluster of tools will be refined on the basis of targets’ needs and their daily operational context. After translations, the resulting toolbox will be implemented into the AKKUEurope OER Platform: such digital environment will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of ENDURANCE

On November 5th 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of ENDURANCE, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together eight Partners from seven countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain). The KOM, originally planned in Bratislava, Slovakia, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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 entrepreneurial education 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:

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

During the meeting, the Consortium discussed about the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. In particular, the partnership will upload the OER platform by the end of 2020: the ENDURANCE official website will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium. Partners will be focused on finding commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship. This mapping activity will culminate in a final report that will be available online by July 2021.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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ARTCademy Partners Met Online for the Closing Meeting

ARTCademy partners met yesterday for the final Erasmus Plus project meeting, where results and impact indicators were shared.

With more than 5000 users of the OER platform, Biz-Training and the CRAFTpedia, ARTCademy objectives have been fully achieved. In addition, next steps were proposed to ensure long-term sustainability.

Congratulations to all the partners for their commitment and dedication to the project!

Learn more at www.artcademy.eu


Digital Entrepreneurship for Employability Paths – The DEEP IO2 Baseline Report is available online!

October 13th, 2020

The DEEP project Consortium is pleased to announce that the IO2 Baseline Report “Digital Entrepreneurship Dynamics” is available on the official OER platform at the following link:

https://project-deep.eu/pdf/DEEP_IO2_final_revised.pdf

The report, representing the Intellectual Output 2 “Mapping and Stock taking of Digital Entrepreneurship Dynamics”, reviews the state of the art in the field of Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe with a specific focus on the countries of the partner organisations (Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain).

The report states that while EU tools have led to the establishment of an inclusive and comprehensive framework for digital entrepreneurship skills development, some Member States still seem to be at the forefront of the conceptualisation and implementation of the relevant policy initiatives. The country analysis has revealed some obstacles in policy implementation supporting the EU strategy.

First of all, policy responses related to digital entrepreneurship should be addressed to several stakeholders. While there are countries, like Poland, where the infrastructure is still being developed, and as a consequence, less attention is paid to the development of digital entrepreneurship skills, in other countries, like Spain, more effort is placed on modifications to the educational system and human upskilling. Nevertheless, in both countries, a clear reluctance from the companies’ side in being engaged in the digital transformation and in VET system is observed. Therefore, the engagement of different stakeholders is a key element for stable improvement of the VET situation.

Second, initiatives should be undertaken at multiple levels – not only national, but also regional and local. In Italy, for example, where business is still perceived in a very traditional way, social engagement and changing perceptions starting at the local level might be a key to the successful implementation of digital transformation within VET in general. Last, but not least, all countries analysed struggle with the shortages in the VET educational systems. This mainly includes the need to implement innovative educational approaches, new methods of learning, improve the relationship between businesses and schools, include more practical exercises and experiences by educational institutions, and upskill teachers in appropriate digital entrepreneurship competences.

DEEP is a 24-month Project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which involves a Consortium of 7 Partners from 6 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain). The DEEP main aim is to improve professional success chances of VET students with different backgrounds by developing not only their entrepreneurship skills (or knowledge), but also their digital skills. The project provides VET teachers/trainers/mentors with the necessary tools and knowledge to help their students effectively acquire those skills. DEEP proposes an integrated approach, possible through the cooperation of partners active in multiple sectors. In the following months, the Partnership will develop E-learning training material for Students on Digital Entrepreneurship that will be available for free on the project OER platform in 6 languages.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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Vocational Education Solutions and Tools for fAmily enterprises: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of VESTA

On October 8th 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the Kick-Off Meeting of VESTA, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together 6 Partners from 5 countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Spain). The KOM, originally planned in Pordenone, Italy, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

More than 14 million family enterprises in Europe provide for 50% GDP and 60 million jobs. In times of crisis, family enterprises play a crucial socio-economic role as an employment buffer and pivot of growth. Despite their role, at present there are no programmes and initiatives tailored to the specific needs of family enterprises whose competitiveness is undermined by specific challenges. Shortcomings in regulation, definitions, support system and training limit family enterprises potential, exacerbated by fragmentation among Member States.

VESTA has the objective of supporting the growth and sustaining the competitiveness of family enterprises so that they can strive and continue to play that crucial role of social buffer and economic engine of growth, by developing innovative operational tool and training resources. Within such context, VESTA is devoted to family enterprises, especially those of micro-small size, formal and non-formal VET service providers and representatives of user groups, FB facilitators and members of support associations, media, and to all those who are interested in family business management.

During the meeting, the consortium as a whole discussed about the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. In particular, the partnership will upload the OER platform by the end of 2020: the VESTA official website will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the consortium. This mapping activity will culminate in a final report on the state of the art about entrepreneurial education for family enterprises in Europe and will represent the basis for the development of training courses and tools.

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private provider of VET and 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 VET ecosystem pertaining to the project; contributing to structuring modules, developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning, materials and content.

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