Digital Entrepreneurship for Women: IDP joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of DEW

On November 10th 2021, IDP joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of the DEW project, co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven organisations from five European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France). The KOM, originally planned in Brussels, Belgium, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The context for DEW is based on a number of trends – according to official reports of the EU Commission, only 30% of start-up entrepreneurs are female, despite woman making up 52% of the population. In addition, gender stereotypesand male-dominated models and networks continue to prevail to the detriment of women. Finally, Covid-19 has seen a disproportionate impact on women with increased caring responsibilities and a concerning rise in the incidences of domestic violence. However, DEW aims to explore new entrepreneurial opportunities and unlock the potential of female digital entrepreneurs. The project will provide innovative, evidence-based and practical digital entrepreneurship knowledge and tools to empower self-employability and entrepreneurship for women, tackling various EU priorities:

  • the promotion of female entrepreneurship
  • the digitalisation of the European population
  • enhancing and boosting the entrepreneurial spirits across the EU

During the meeting, the consortium discussed the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. The DEW official website will represent a repository of the 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 will greatly contribute to the technical and operational activities of the Project, analyzing the status of female entrepreneurship in Italy, structuring modules and developing methodologies for effective teaching and learning materials.

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Soft Skills for employability and competitiveness in the labor market

A transnational and cross-sectorial assessment developed by the ESSENCE Project

ESSENCE’s objective is to Improve employability opportunities for HE students leveraging on soft skills development. The objective is to maximize their engagement in the labour market offering professional development paths through training and education on soft and “intangible” skills.

ESSENCE develops and deploys a flexible and permeable learning pathway: users can access and exploit the training “on-demand” and “on a need basis” to enhance their soft skills literacy and professional self-empowerment.

Back in 2016, analysts from the World Economic Forum foreseen a major switch in what would have been by 2020 the “top 10 skills” for employability, recruitment, career development and business competitiveness. According to the report, the opportunity for fresh graduates and HE students to compete on the job market would depend increasingly on soft and relational skills, rather than mere technical competences…

WEF’s findings are corroborated by numerous international and academic resources that pinpoint with great emphasis the relevance of soft skills for employability in the new incoming decade.

On the basis of that, in the following two years ESSENCE will sustain the development among HE students of intangible and soft skills (such as sense of initiative, critical thinking, creativity and people management) to better strengthen their employability competitiveness in the labour market; its innovative methodology relies on demand-drive and bottom up approaches that will lead partners in the creation of several strategic results:

  1. Online interactive platform (OER Platform) in Multilanguage version: available here
  2. Transnational report highlighting the “most wanted” soft skills for employability in the EU labour market (desk research + survey conducted among 100 employers)
  3. Online business glossary to be used as a concepts-map as well as a reference to orientate students across the universe of soft skills
  4. Custom-made training courses related to self-empowerment soft skills for employability
  5. Visibility Events in the participating countries and international awareness of the project

Moreover, Partners foresee that project results will be disseminated, mainstreamed and made visible to an overall audience of more than 4 Millions contacts – as an estimated sum from the engagement of the public via offline and offline communication.

IDP is lead partner of Quality Assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation. Moreover the Italian SMEs has consolidated and proven-track experience in developing, implementation and validating training curricula for the professional development, capacity building and upskilling of young people, fresh graduates and job-seekers. IDP collaborates in close contact with local employment agencies, national HEI and other professional in the domain of employability, business consultancy, coaching and training. The presence of IDP assures for technical and pedagogical reliability of the education framework developed by partners as the organisation brings in the perspective of the private sector’s representative and employer.

Online is available the transnational and cross-sectorial assessment of soft skills for employability – formal deliverable of the second intellectual output of the project “Mapping soft skills with employability – The most desirable soft skills among job applicants”.

The executive summary includes three sections:

Part no 1. Tools & Good Practices – Research has shown that, at the recruitment stage, the assessment of whether the candidate has appropriate soft skills (or not) is based on observing the person during the interview.

here is no evidence that companies carry out (or are exceptions) special competence tests that show what competences (and at what level) a given candidate is characterized by, although the examples presented later in the report show interesting solutions in this area, but in the context of employees. In the case of employees of a given organization, the most common form of evaluation is the regular observation of the employee’s behavior during the performance of duties by the immediate supervisor, as well as the employee’s self-assessment in the hope that he will correctly recognize the areas in which he shows gaps (in terms of soft skills and even technical skills).

In this aspect, several solutions are also worth mentioning, suggesting a departure from traditional forms of assessment or competence development.

Part no 2. Country Report: National Approaches on Soft Skills and Employability – country public entities declare support in the area of preparing strategies and developing soft skills among youth people but these efforts are more related to the improvement of qualifications, formal aspects and technical skills, with the generic expression most commonly used being “competences”, and revealing a lack of specific information on the field of soft skills in the area of higher education, and therefore, their theoretical analysis and practical development concerning the employability of the group in question.

The actions of the universities appear to be more specific and will get more profitable effects in long term.

Collaboration remains the first step in improving the educational ecosystem. The public and private sectors and HEI need to align objectives in order to amplify the effectiveness of policies and the impact of investments. It is essential to develop a shared agenda, capable of aligning objectives and strategies to develop the skills of young people.

Part no 3. Primary Research on Soft Skills Mapping – The mapping of soft skills with employability was carried out with the full involvement of the project consortium. The first step in the research procedure was the review of secondary sources. Literature studies were aimed not only at building methodological foundations for the correct design of research.

Their aim was also to ensure the substantive correctness of the design of the research tools and the proper focusing of the center of gravity in the field of research on the explanation of the scientific problem presented in the project.

The conducted survey research aimed at mapping soft skills and their relationship with employability has produced a lot of valuable information. Diversified in terms of industry and sector, and at the same time an international research sample, the obtained results are of a cross-sectional character and allow for the construction of interesting conclusions on the role of soft skills in the contemporary labor market. Users can consult for free both the full report and the executive summary, which pinpoints main results and findings form the primary and secondary assessment (available in Multilanguage version EN, PL, HR, IT, LV, BG, ES).


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Tour2Include: Migrant’s Integration into Tourism Related Professions

The e-Learning platform is finally online:
Upskilling and capacity building opportunities for migrants’ employability

After two intense years of programming, planning, implementation and development, the T2I project (Migrant’s Integration into Tourism Related Professions) is finally coming to an end.

The last project’s result is available to the public: an e-learning for low-skilled migrants in the identified Tourism-Related professions. The training content is free for public consultation and it is targeted to professionals and trainers, NGOs’ staff members (i.e., volunteers and administrative staff), formal and non-formal Vocational Education and training organisation, Adult Education stakeholders and groups of interests, etc., that wish to enrich their education offer with a new and innovative curricula designed by international professionals operating at EU level in the domain of capacity building for socio-economic integration of marginalised people. The training material focuses on the following:

Additionally, partners prepared for both targets and tutors additional notes on countries’ profile represented by the T2I’s consortium so as to help users in batter familiarising with German, Greek and Italian cultures.

You can access the platform by consulting the following link:

https://elearning.tour2include.eu/?lang=en

IDP at European Rotors, the event for the rotorcraft and VTOL industry and ecosystem in Cologne

IDP European Consultants is eager to present at the European Rotors in Cologne, November 16 to 18, to share its experience on the many opportunities of the European funding programmes for the rotorcraft sector.

European Rotors is the first of a kind event for the helicopter, rotor and VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) industry jointly organised by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The three-day event will bring together major OEMs, operators, users, pilots, technicians and government authorities.

European Rotors is a unique platform for exchange and networking for industry participants. In addition to the “EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium” and industry showcase, European Rotors embeds a considerable training component for the sector. IDP will hold one introductory presentation to EU funding programmes and two thematic training workshops on how the rotorcraft industry can tap into EU funding.

For more information about the training sessions and tickets, follow this link:

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More details about the European Rotor programme are available on the website of European Rotors:

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Digital Entrepreneurship for Women: the DEW proposal approved for funding!

Léargas, the Irish Erasmus+ National Agency,  approved the DEW – Digital Entrepreneurship for Women proposal, jointly developed by LWL and IDP European Consultants.

DEW is a partnership of seven organisations from five EU countries (Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain) and it will develop innovative training and operational tools to promote female digital entrepreneurship.

The DEW project will start officially in November 2021 and will last for 24 months… Stay tuned for more news about DEW and other European projects!

Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurship and Awareness in Higher Education (IDEA) – Test & Validation Activities

July 26, 2021

IDP European Consultants has recently concluded the Test & Validation activities on the IDEA project.

Starting from late 2019, Partners assessed, reviewed and revised literature sources that could provide for meaningful insights on the current status of digital entrepreneurship and digital entrepreneurship education across Europe (available here). Findings suggested an increasing relevancy not only of entrepreneurial skills, but also entrepreneurial skills combined with digital literacy and ICT proficiency for aspiring young entrepreneurs and fresh graduates.

Based on results, Partners developed training modules that are properly fine-tuned on needs and skill gaps as emerging from the cross-national assessment. To better evaluate the pedagogical accuracy and relevancy of training materials, Partners are deploying the courses in pilot version to the cohort of targets addressed by the project.

The student cohort consists of approximately 40 participants. The topics covered in the lectures were:

– Fundamentals of digital entrepreneurship

– ICT skills

– Business management

Thanks to activities implemented by Partners and following results achieved throughout these two years of project implementation, IDEA proposes an innovative approach of one important factor influencing entrepreneurial success: the use of digital skills applied to entrepreneurship.

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.

IDEA (Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurship) is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and involves a Consortium of nine Partners from seven European countries i.e. Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The Project aims at raising awareness among HE institutions and education authorities about the potential of digital and entrepreneurship skills and their role as business success factors. Through all these activities IDEA will improve professional success chances of HE students with different backgrounds.

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Evidence-based results on trends and dynamics of Adult Learning: IDP European Consultants joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of LEAP

June 30, 2021

IDP European Consultants joined the second transnational meeting of LEAP (Local Adult Education Policy), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from six countries (Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain). The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The main objective of the meeting was to present the progress achieved in the Intellectual Output 2: the literature review, country reports, tools and good practices, and surveys, including a detailed analysis from each Partner. IO2 is composed of primary and secondary research. In particular, Partners focused on the review of policy papers, studies, research, articles and other relevant sources and resources.

The results presented by the Partners corroborate the relevancy of the project. In fact, a lack of information from local policy makers regarding European policies in the domain of Adult Education (AE) and LLL (Life Long Learning) was found.

The Partnership also started to discuss the Intellectual Output 3, sharing recommendations for future implementation.

A brief review of Dissemination and Quality Assurance considerations followed.

The LEAP project responds to the need to increase adult participation in formal, non-formal and informal learning set out at local, national and EU level. Given the evidence of a disconnect between the macro level of policy (EU dimension) and the micro level (local/regional dimension), LEAP directly targets local decision-makers and the technical staff of local authorities to ensure they are aware of the importance of AE and that they are prepared to draft impactful local AE policies. To increase policy effectiveness, however, the project encourages cooperation with the wider AE ecosystem and thus also targets the full range of stakeholders involved in AE, such as education providers, learning centres, cultural centres, and the civil society.

The LEAP Website is now online at https://leap2local.eu, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. Users can access LEAP’s OER Platform and its multilanguage results for free, no sort of log-in credentials are required.

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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Supporting and Boosting the Competitiveness of EU Young Farmers: IDP European Consultants joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of YOUNG FARMERS

On June 28, 2021, IDP European Consultants joined the second transnational meeting of YOUNG FARMERS (Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young Farmers), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from five different countries (Bulgaria, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Spain). The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The main aim of the meeting was the presentation of the literature review, country reports, tools and good practices, and surveys, including a detailed analysis from each Partner. During the first phase of YOUNG FARMERS implementation, Partners focused on the review of policy papers, studies, research, articles and other relevant sources and resources.

The Partnership also discussed the implementation of courses (ten in total) under Intellectual Output 3.

IDP will cover two modules:

1) Project Management in the EntreComp Framework (3.2)

The topics examined are: Project lifecycle, Good Practices for Risk Management, Monitoring and Quality Assurance, Impact evaluation

2) Green Management: Ethical and Sustainable thinking according to the EntreComp Framework

The topics examined are: sustainability, CSR, green and eco-friendliness, social report, impact assessment

The content of the training will address three main areas:

  • Challenges and opportunities for farming in Digital Era
  • Entrepreneurship, Business Competitiveness and e-marketing
  • Internationalisation and e-commerce

Figure 1. Areas and competences of the EntreComp conceptual model.

All YOUNG FARMERS results will available in multilingual versions, free of charge and without restrictions through the dedicated OER platform.

The Project’s Website is now online at https://www.young-farmers.eu/, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results.

YOUNG FARMERS’ objective is to enhance the opportunities for EU young farmers to adopt and exploit digital entrepreneurship models so to valorise their businesses with new competitive solutions.

While young farmers represent the economic bulk of European rural areas – territories that make up from 40% to 80% of every European nation – numerous EU reports identify the need of a strong entrepreneurial and risk management training (as well as new technologies) from which rural entrepreneurs can benefit in terms of new and more innovative models for business competitiveness.

The financial and long-term sustainability of their business is by several key factors: lack of entrepreneurial training; overall lack of digital and ICT competences; the competitive pressure represented by big industrial value chain.

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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Enhance Soft Skills to Nurture Competitiveness and Employability: IDP European Consultants joined the second Transnational Project Meeting of ESSENCE

On June 24, 2021, IDP European Consultants joined the second transnational meeting of ESSENCE, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from seven different countries (Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Poland, and Spain). The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The main aim of the meeting was the presentation of  the literature review, country reports, tools and good practices, and surveys, including a detailed analysis from each Partner. Indeed, during the first phase of ESSENCE implementation, Partners focused on the review of policy papers, studies, research, articles and other relevant sources and resources. The main objective of the research phase was to understand and analyse soft skills and their connection with employability roles, definitions, regulatory frameworks, quantitative and qualitative indicators and all the relevant trends useful to describe this phenomenon.

The project management and methodology involve the development of personalized project management, quality assurance and dissemination plans, monitoring/evaluation tools. Thanks to the presence of Partners with a high level of experience and multiplication potential, the project will benefit from increased visibility and impact at national and European level.

ESSENCE’s objective is to improve employability opportunities for HE students leveraging on soft skills development. The objective is to maximize their engagement in the labour market offering professional development paths through training and education on soft and “intangible” skills. ESSENCE develops and deploys a flexible and permeable learning pathway: users can access and exploit the training “on-demand” and “on a need basis” to enhance their soft skills literacy and professional self-empowerment.

The ESSENCE Website is now online at http://projectessence.eu/, providing specific info on project aims, activities and results.

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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Website: http://projectessence.eu/

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CITIES BY HEART is approaching its final phase: Training and employability opportunities for migrants in the tourism sector

June 25, 2021

IDP European Consultants took part in the Closing Meeting of CITIES BY HEART, a unique journey in the heart of cities, an Erasmus+ Project of the European Commission which brings together six Partners from six countries, i.e. Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. The objective of the project is twofold: to create a link between the residents of these urban areas to avoid communal conflicts and to trigger an economic dynamic to respond to the precariousness of the inhabitants of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

CITIES BY HEART embraces ambitious goals of social inclusion through the very concept and design of its training offer. It includes a first phase of training “peers”: socio-educational facilitators, actors of multicultural and disadvantaged territories, heads of social centers or associations. Then, in a second phase, it includes a transfer of skills to young underprivileged European citizens who also have a personal background in relation to immigration and encounter problems of integration into the labor market.

Throughout the previous months, Partners selected and trained a small cohort of adult migrants (i.e. seniors) willing to experience a new training opportunity as tourist guide.

Seniors accompanied a selected group of “Visitors” around urban areas of touristic relevance as if they were experiencing the city with their own eyes and memories. Visitors were selected based on specific profiles as identified by Partners during proposal.

Each Visitor’s profile was unique in its own way so as to enlarge as much as possible the range of cultural and social backgrounds tackled by the project:

  • Slow traveller: a curious traveller who wants to get off the beaten path
  • Green traveller: a local who wishes to learn more about his/her own city
  • Neighbour: a person who shares the same migratory background of project’s targets
  • Academic: a person with an academic background in urban diversity and intercultural communication
  • Innovator: a tourism professional curious to see how the project plays out

With the help of Partners, Seniors proceeded to transfer their knowledge to another selected group of young migrants (i.e. Juniors) in charge of replicating the experience after developing a tourist itinerary on their own.

During the meeting, Partners exchanged considerations on what achieved so far, impacts and tangible results, further ways to sustain the uptake and validation of the project. Before the conclusion of the project, Partners will engage Juniors even further as targets of individual and F2F coaching sessions to better train them on job-hunting and skills for employability.

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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Project’s website: https://citiesbyheart.aeva.eu/ 

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