Cybersecurity for microenterprises and SMEs: adapting concrete training solutions to their needs

Officially launched at the very end of 2020, Cyber-MSME is an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The project gathers six Partners from five different countries (Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain) that throughout the following two years will work together to develop, test, consolidate and establish training solutions and operative guidelines to support EU SMEs with their strategic priorities in the domain of digital readiness and cyber-efficacy.

Out of the four major outputs discussed during the proposal, one has already been achieved: the Cyber-MSME OER (Open Education Resource) Platform.

The platform guarantees the online visibility of the project and, most importantly, the showcase of all major milestones achieved by the strategic partners in the 24 months of project implementation.

Each section of the platform stands as the digital repository of data and resources available for users; published in multilanguage version and freely accessible (i.e., no sort of log-in credentials will ever be required).

Particularly relevant are the MAPPING and TRAINING sections: a formal e-archive of the transnational analysis conducted upon the status of cyber resilience among European SMEs and the training tools elaborated consistently with the results emerging from the previous.

The NEWS section will be updated with the project’s progress and other relevant information coming from the EU cyber-ecosystem on an as-needed basis; both public and private stakeholders operating in the mentioned domain can easily remain updated with Cyber-MSME’s development by joining the ASSOCIATES of the project, enlarging its “community of practicing” and contributing proactively to its dissemination and international visibility.

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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Evaluating the Adult Education provision: the CREATE2Evaluate Platform as an open online resource for local policy makers

CREATE2Evaluate is an international project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme which aims to enhance performance and efficiency in Adult Education (AE) by addressing the gap between EU/national strategies and local/regional implementation as well as the challenge of formulating appropriate AE policy. The goal is to enable policy makers to better coordinate and plan policy, share experiences and enhance inter-regional and cross-border cooperation.

The project is the official follow-up of a previous project (Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education), which ran from 2017 to 2019; the CREATE2 partnership wants to capitalise on the success of ‘CREATE’ by nurturing its heritage with significant and consistent updates that will further stimulate the debate around the role of evaluation in strategies and the policy cycle in the domain of AE to improve the image of evaluation – not as a means to find blame and point fingers, but as a way to improve the processes and outcomes to the benefit of all involved.

Out of the four Intellectual Outputs foreseen during the proposal, the first one has already been completed; the Consortium is glad to present the official CREATE2 Online Educational Resource Platform: the virtual showcase of the project and the online repository of all major results and deliverables achieved by the Strategic Partnership.

The Platform is in multilanguage version (English, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish) and it is completely free for consultation, with no log-in credentials required.

The Platform represents the major visibility means of the project for its mainstreaming and dissemination. Each section of the platform is a stand-alone resource to get a comprehensive sense on project’s results and inputs.

Particularly relevant is the CREATE Package in which partners collected all major resources coming as a legacy from the previous ‘CREATE’ project. This section will be updated as soon as new relevant sources are finalised.

To remain updated with the project’s development, please consider subscribing to the CREATE2 Associates; an online “Community of Practice” for stakeholders operating in the domain of Adult Education and Life Long Learning. So far, nearly 50 organisations decided to take part in our initiative: the CREATE2 Community gathers together local/regional public bodies and promotes greater opportunities for networking and international exchange of good practices.

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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The LEAP Platform is finally online: a digital repository for the strategic planning of local adult education policies

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.

So far, LEAP’s strategic partnership has already achieved a major Intellectual Output out of the four formally foreseen and designed during the proposal: the LEAP Open Educational Resource (OER) Platform will guide the EU local policy operators in the domain of Adult Education (AE) and Life Long Learning (LLL) to discover the project, the partnership, the results achieved by the Consortium and the EU and international opportunities to enhance and strengthen local adult education policies.

The users can access LEAP’s OER Platform and its multilanguage results completely for free, no sort of log-in credentials are required, and can remain constantly updated with the project’s achievements by subscribing to the digital Community of Practice published by the Consortium on EPALE.

Each section of the platform is a comprehensive showcase on all tasks concluded by the partnership in a specific time frame and related to essential project’s milestones:

  • The “MAPPING” section will present the results emerging from the assessment of such disconnection between the EU framework and practical actions triggered at local and regional level;
  • The “TRAINING” section is conceived as a practical and operative toolkit for local policy makers to refine their strategic actions in greater consistency with EU guidelines, international best-practices and case-scenarios so to enhance their understanding of EU priorities and programmes in the domain of AE and LLL;
  • The “GUIDANCE” section mainstreams the actionable strategies and operational key-steps to sustain the replicability of the project beyond its natural life-cycle and the organisations that have formally participated in its development (i.e. a sort of legacy left by partners in the hope that many other EU organisations will capitalise and leverage on their experience to achieve similar initiatives, results and impacts).

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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Relating soft skills to employability: the ESSENCE Project is officially launched

IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of ESSENCE – Enhance Soft Skills to Nurture Competitiveness and Employability, a project co-financed by Erasmus+ Programme

On February 17th, 2021, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of ESSENCE (Enhance Soft Skills to Nurture Competitiveness and Employability), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from seven different countries (Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Poland, and Spain).

The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by University of Information Technology and Management (Rzeszow – PL), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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 foresaw 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 and 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
  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 million contacts – as an estimated sum from the engagement of the public via offline and online communication.

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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Improving Chances for Professional Success in Digital Entrepreneurship – IDP European Consultants joined the 3rd Transnational Virtual Meeting of DEEP

15 February 2021

The implementation of DEEP (Digital Entrepreneurship for Employability Paths) goes on smoothly. Despite being unable to travel, the partners met online for the 3rd Transnational Project Meeting, originally planned in Malaga, Spain.

During the virtual meeting, the partners shared their experiences on different strategies adopted in promoting the main result of the Intellectual Output 2 : “Baseline Report: Digital Entrepreneurship dynamics” (available at https://project-deep.eu/pdf/DEEP_IO2_final_revised.pdf) The meeting was also an opportunity to organise financial reporting and management activities. Furthermore, the IT partner Internet Web Solutions showcased the last updates concerning the development of the DEEP Platform (https://project-deep.eu/): very soon all the training contents will be available online in six languages.

Despite the pandemic and the inability in reaching interested people offline, the partners were proactive in online dissemination and promotion of DEEP preliminary results, with a great effort on social media and online events. In the following months, each partner will organise Online Conferences, Webinars and online events to present and exploit the definitive results of DEEP.

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.

DEEP is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission involving seven Partners from six countries (Poland, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Bulgaria). 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.

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Advancing business competitiveness of rural entrepreneurs: a digital repository of training opportunities for young farmers

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.

The project officially kick-started in mid-December with the first online transnational meeting during which partners had the great opportunity to refine and review the activities, deliverables and outcomes of the project as originally planned during the proposal.

One of the very first activity was the development, testing and implementation of the Open Educational Resource Platform: the main showcase of project’s results and its greatest and most tangible channel for international visibility. The OER Platform is available in 5 languages (EN, BG, IT, ES, PL) and all of its content is fully available for free, with no sort of log-in / identification required from the user.

For the next two years, the Platform will host and mainstream all major Partnership’s achievements; each section of the OER Platform is a stand-alone library of its corresponding output.

The “Mapping” section will be the repository of the country reports elaborated by partners during the first half of 2021. Each country report (one for every nation represented by the Partners, at exception of Belgium – the Belgian Partner IHF will be responsible for the International and pan-European analysis of the phenomenon) is an in-depth analysis of socio-economic dynamics both threatening and enhancing young farmers’ competitiveness. The analysis will bring out to light specific needs / empowerment opportunities that the Partnership will address through the development, testing and validation of dedicated training material – fully available for free, with no kind of limitation for its access.  The educational resources will be published on “Toolkits”. The “Guidelines” section will host two very important documents: guidelines to promote the uptake of project results and deliverables beyond the scope of the partnership and the scale of the project; a Policy Memo collecting all the lessons learned acquired at implementation and consolidating the wealth of knowledge on the dynamics of digital and ICT tools applied to farming entrepreneurship from an operational perspective.

Strategically relevant for the widespread impact of the project is also the “Associates” section: stakeholders in the domain of rural entrepreneurship, primary sector, agribusiness, etc., will be able to join the community of practice of YOUNG FARMERS; they will remain updated on project activities, news and deliverables.

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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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Improving business opportunities by enhancing intangible cultural heritage: the NICHE website is online!

The NICHE Consortium is proud to announce that the official website of the NICHE project is now available and open to the public in the link www.nicheproject.eu. It will host all the project information, implementation, its objectives and background, as well as a specific section describing the partners involved. Here you will also find the OER platform where all the outputs, contents, trainings and blueprint guidelines will be made freely available to the public.

NICHE, a project co-funded by the European Commission, involves a Consortium of 9 partners from 7 European countries: Iceland, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

The objective of NICHE (Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship) is to enhance entrepreneurship in the 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. With this purpose, it will develop professional profiles of ICH operators in order to leverage ICH to widen and create economic activities through increased entrepreneurship.

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Tour2Include: Migrant’s integration into tourism-related professions

Skills and Training needs for Migrants’ professional empowerment and employability

On the 3rd of February, Tour2Include Partners gathered together to discuss the current implementation of the project and the road ahead for the development of training tools for migrants’ integration in tourism-related sectors.

During the session, Partners had very fruitful exchange of views addressing the theoretical framework of the training; the background analysis of targets’ needs; the methodology to follow.

Migrants’ needs have been broken down in three main categories:

General Soft Skills

Intercultural Soft Skills

Tourism-related Professional Skills

·  Self-confidence

·  Ability to solve problems

·  Oral and written communication

·  Time management

·  Ability to work in teams

·  Autonomy and flexibility

·  Willingness to learn

·  Understanding the code of conduct and manners generally accepted in different societies and environments

·  Awareness and respect of basic rights of individuals and groups

·  Good understanding and speaking of the local language

·  Knowledge of the local territory

·  Basic Computer and Digital Skills

·  Basic knowledge of main hygiene and alimentary norms

Based on that, under the guidance of the Greek partner AKMI, Partners will focus their efforts on the development of 5 training modules, which consist in:

  • General Soft Skills
  • Intercultural Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Tourism-related Skills
  • Digital Skills (Basic Applications of Computer and Web Literacy)

Each module is designed in further sub-units (i.e. didactic units), each of which focusing on a specific segment of the topic. Partners reviewed the Learning Outcomes expected from each training module, assuring their consistency with targets’ needs and their legitimacy in consideration of the overall scope of the project.

The training toolkit will be complemented by a glossary section for a quick and intuitive understanding of key concepts.


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 more information about the project, please visit: https://socialimpact.eu/tour2include


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Supporting Adult Learners through Digital Entrepreneurship: the DEAL website is available online

For Adult People, the modern digital era can represent an entrepreneurial opportunity and not only a threat: the DEAL project aims to trigger and unlock this 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 Website is now online at https://www.projectdeal.eu/  providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. The platform will contain all the Project’s information, deliverables and outputs.

The OER Platform, developed by IWS, (Internet Web Solutions) will be constantly updated by the partnership as a whole during the project implementation.

DEAL Website is available in five languages (English, Icelandic, Irish, Italian and Spanish) and is composed by multiple sections freely available to all navigators.

HOME: the section introduces users to the DEAL platform by highlighting the three main results of the Project:

  • Mapping
  • Toolkit
  • Operational Manual

PROJECT: the objectives of the project education and training programme are to provide Target Users with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to reach the level of empowerment enabling them to take advantage of digitalisation for the purpose of developing self-employment entrepreneurship opportunities.

PARTNERS: describes the Partners involved in the DEAL Project.

MAPPING: Intellectual output 2 will consists in mapping Dynamics and Trends of the Silver Economy and Active Ageing for the purpose of ensuring, through the production of a comparative Country Map, using a common methodology, of the existing and emerging dynamics and trends of the silver economy and active ageing, so as to ensure that the currency, relevance and practicality of the proposed education and training programme responds to the actual and not some perceived needs of the Target Users.

TOOLKIT: IO3 responds to evidence-based identified needs encompassing the necessity to bridge the gap between AE and Digital Literacy especially in the context of entrepreneurial skills and self-employment opportunities.

OPERATIONAL MANUAL: The Operational Manual outlines and explains both the content and operational requirements of the newly developed OER. It highlights the operational lessons learned from the perspective of what worked and could have been improved on the basis of the execution and deployment of the DEAL training in IO3.

GLOSSARY: will define and explain the main terms related to the digital literacy.

NEWS: to remain always updated with DEAL latest developments…

ASSOCIATES: in order to involve as many Associated Partners as possible and spread the word about DEAL to end-users, targets, general public and ultimate beneficiaries.

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.

DEAL is managed by seven Partners from five countries, i.e. Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain, and is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

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Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport: the ENDURANCE website is available online

The ENDURANCE Website is now online at http://enduranceproject.eu/index.php providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. The platform will contain all the Project information, deliverables and outputs.

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.

The very user-friendly Platform has been built by the Spanish partner, IWS (Internet Web Solutions) and will be constantly updated by the partnership as a whole during the project implementation.

ENDURANCE Website is available in seven languages (Bulgarian, Croatian, English, Finnish, Italian, Slovak and Spanish) and is composed by multiple sections freely available to all navigators.

HOME: the section introduces users to the ENDURANCE platform by highlighting the three main results of the Project:

  • Project
  • Mapping
  • Training

PROJECT: ENDURANCE will develop innovative training solutions and tools to enhance and advance entrepreneurship education and training across the VET ecosystem (IVET, higher VET and continuing education and training in HE, adult learning and continuing training) by leveraging, in an innovative and operational way, the linkages between sports and entrepreneurship.

PARTNERS: describes the Partners involved in the ENDURANCE Project.

MAPPING: Partners will carry out a comprehensive mapping and stock taking of the dynamics of sports and entrepreneurship in the countries involved.

TRAINING: will include contents and tools in a multilingual version (Bulgarian, Croatian, English, Finnish, Italian, Slovak and Spanish).

GLOSSARY: will define and explain the main terms related to sports and entrepreneurship.

NEWS: to remain always updated with ENDURANCE latest developments…

COMMUNITY: in order to involve as many Associated Partners as possible and spread the word about ENDURANCE to end-users, targets, the general public and ultimate beneficiaries.

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.

ENDURANCE is managed by eight Partners from seven countries, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain, and is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

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