Mapping Digital Entrepreneurship Dynamics: The Final Report of IDEA is Available Online

The IDEA Composite Final Report on the digital entrepreneurship dynamics and trends in the EU is now available on the official website https://www.ideadigital.eu/mapping.php

In particular, the report aims at mapping the digital entrepreneurship dynamics in the IDEA countries, identifying common trends in digital skills application to entrepreneurship and good practices and tools in digital entrepreneurship.

The mapping had been executed by IDEA project partners in their respective countries, as well as at an EU level. Based on this effort, IDEA partners proposed a set of success and failure factors together with recommendations targeted at digital entrepreneurship dynamics in higher education (HE) context and beyond. The results of mapping and stock taking of digital entrepreneurship dynamics will serve both as guidelines for formulation of European educational policies in the field of digital skills and as pillars for development of IDEA training programmes.

IDEA is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme 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 rising 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.

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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SWIFT SME: IO2 – Survey for Primary Assessment

According to the analysts from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, before COVID-19 only 15% of the European workforce was working remotely; the advent of the pandemic hence represents a challenge for those workers who must shift to teleworking.

As part of the SWIFT SME Project, IDP is collecting views and opinions of those workers who experienced the transition towards smart working to gauge their level of preparedness and satisfaction with this innovative way of working.

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Your inputs will guide us in the development of training and operational tools for SMEs to embrace smart working more adequately.

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 on the SWIFT SME project, please visit: http://www.swiftsme.eu/

Thank you in advance for your collaboration.

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A unique journey in the heart of cities: IDP European Consultants joined the Online Meeting of CITIES BY HEART, an Erasmus+ Project

December 2nd, 2020. IDP European Consultants took part in the online meeting of CITIES BY HEART, an Erasmus+ project which brings together six Partners from six countries, i.e. Austria, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The idea of CITIES BY HEART is to promote a type of “zero kilometre” tourism; within the actors are the citizens having a familial or individual migration path, without considering if they are newly arrived or settled in the neighbourhood since several generations.

Despite the containment measures due to pandemic, the project activities are being carried out successfully without relevant postponements. The partners re-scheduled the working plan in accordance with the various protocols of the different countries.

The meeting was an excellent opportunity to take stock of the overall implementation of CITIES BY HEART (activities, achieved results, dissemination efforts etc.). In particular, all the relevant achievements have been made available online on the project’s website.

The project is involved in a social inclusion aim through the concept of its own training offer. It includes a first peer training phase: youth workers, stakeholders of the multicultural and disadvantaged territories, associations, or social centres managers. Then, in a second phase, it plans skills transfer to the young disadvantaged European citizens having also a personal path linked to the migration and facing integration issues in the labour market.

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 Cyber-MSME – Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

On December 10, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of Cyber-MSME (Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together six Partners from five countries (Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by CTS Customized Training Solutions SP. Z O.O. (CTS), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cybercrime is the fastest-growing form of criminal activity and appears to be targeting a specific segment of our economies. According to the latest figures, the economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold between 2013 and 2017, and microenterprises and SMEs (MSMEs) – the backbone of the EU economy – are disproportionately impacted by the phenomenon.

Despite MSMEs being the most vulnerable group to the growing threat posed by cyberattacks, MSMEs are very seldom aware of the risks they face, let alone be prepared for them. In 2019, an industry report estimated that 66% of senior decision-makers in small businesses believe they are unlikely to be a target of online criminals (Keeper), whereas UNIPOL calculated that only 14% of MSMEs are prepared to tackle cyber threats (2018).

The European Commission acknowledged the pressing need to equip micro and small businesses with competences and tools to tackle cyber threats in order to make them more resilient in case of cyber-attacks. Not only are “skills shortages” already “hindering SMEs”, but also these are expected to grow in the future, to the point that “Europe will face a projected skills gap of 350.000 cybersecurity professionals by 2022”.

The Cyber-MSME project stands as a concrete response to this need.

Cyber-MSME will capitalise on the valuable experience of its Partnership to provide MSMEs with innovative and tailored training solutions and tools for MSMEs. In particular, partners will carry out the following activities:

  1. Develop the Cyber-MSME OER Platform, a repository of knowledge accessible to all, free of charge, in full Open Access mode and in multilingual versions (EN, IT, PO, RO, ES)
  2. Develop a shared methodology for the mapping of current trends, threats and opportunities and then consolidate the findings in a final report based on which the training and tools will be designed
  3. Define the professional profile of a Cyber-Security Expert within MSMEs so as to facilitate job matching between demand and supply: enterprises increasingly look for cybersecurity experts, and this makes for a great employment opportunity for young people
  4. Develop training courses and operational tools tailored to the needs of MSMEs
  5. Deliver the training to 150 target groups and collect feedback to fine tune the material created
  6. Develop guidelines to facilitate the uptake of Cyber-MSMEs so as to sustain project results beyond Erasmus co-financing and widen its range of impact

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 SWIFT SME – Smart Working: Innovative & Flexible Training for SMEs, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

On November 30, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of SWIFT SME (Smart Working: Innovative & Flexible Training for SMEs), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together six Partners from five countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by the Centrum fur Innovation und Technologie GmbH (CIT) and Institut De Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires (IHF asbl), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

SMEs represent the backbone of the EU economy. Yet, they are also the least prepared to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and the related lockdown measures. Contrarily to large companies, SMEs are ill-equipped for the shift to remote work, lacking as they are both ICT systems and policies to ensure business continuity. According to the latest figures, less than 15% of EU SMEs are ready to implement Smart Working arrangements (European Commission).

The European Commission acknowledged the pressing need to make SMEs competitive and resilient by providing them with ICT solutions and practices to implement Smart Working. Not only is this transition an absolute necessity, but it also constitutes an opportunity, as it allows businesses to increase their efficiency and improve their employees’ working conditions (Eurofound/ILO).

The SWIFT project stands as a concrete response to the pressing need of equipping SMEs with new, innovative, and “agile” business models.

SWIFT specifically targets this most vulnerable yet essential segment of European economies to bridge the skill gap and make SMEs more flexible, responsive, efficient, and thus able to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis and in the post-pandemic world.

SWIFT will capitalise on the valuable experience of its consortium partners to provide SMEs with skills, competences, and tailored solutions to successfully implement Smart Working arrangements. In particular, partners will carry out the following activities:

  1. Develop the SWIFT OER Platform, a repository of knowledge accessible to all, free of charge, in full Open Access mode and in multilingual versions (DE, EN, IT, RO, ES)
  2. Develop a shared methodology for the mapping of current trends, threats, and opportunities (including technical, operational and human resource implications) and then consolidate the findings in a final report on the basis of which the training and tools will be designed
  3. Develop the SWIFT training courses, handouts, operational tools, and guidelines for European SMEs to adapt and implement Smart Working so as to stay afloat, be more responsive, efficient and competitive, all the while improving the work-life balance of their employees.
  4. Deliver the training to 120 target groups and collect feedback to fine tune the material created
  5. Develop guidelines to facilitate the uptake of SWIFT and its mainstreaming in VET and SME ecosystems
  6. Put forward policy options to promote Smart Working and competitiveness of SMEs

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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SchooL Internationalisation & DEvelopment: IDP European Consultants joined the Online Closing Meeting of SLIDE, an Erasmus+ Project

November 27th, 2020. IDP European Consultants took part in the Closing Meeting of SLIDE (SchooL Internationalisation & DEvelopment), an Erasmus+ project which brings together 6 Partners from 6 countries, i.e. Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey and the UK. The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The main objective of SLIDE is to take advantage of the opportunities represented by internationalization and digitalisation, incorporating creativity into everyday practice and helping schools develop skills in their staff members, visionary leadership skills for their managers, specific solutions for disadvantaged students, school dropout and reduction of disparities in learning courses, i.e. public schools, schools included or simply less experienced in the use of internationalisation and potential for digitalisation.

During the meeting, the Partners reported all the results achieved during the 26 months of implementation providing feedback on the internal communication mechanisms and the overall project implementation. All the main objectives have been reached and all the contents produced are available online

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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Emotional Intelligence and Digital Entrepreneurship: IDP European Consultants joined the Online Closing Meeting of EIDE, an Erasmus+ Project

November 26, 2020

IDP European Consultants took part in the Closing Meeting of EIDE (Emotional Intelligence and Digital Entrepreneurship), an Erasmus+ project which brings together 7 Partners from 6 European countries. The meeting was held in online mode due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.  

The main objective of EIDE is to improve the opportunities for professional success of vocational students with different backgrounds, developing not only their entrepreneurial skills (or knowledge), but also their emotional, social and digital skills.

During the meeting, the Partners reported all the results achieved during the 26 months of implementation providing feedback on the internal communication mechanisms and the overall project implementation. All the main objectives have been reached and all the contents produced are available online at www.eideproject.eu

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 EIDE and IDP initiatives:

www.eideproject.eu

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IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of YOUNG FARMERS – Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young farmers, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

On November 26, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off 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 countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by the Institut De Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires (IHF asbl), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

While young farmers represent the economic bulk of European rural areas – territories that make up 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 ruled by several key factors: lack of entrepreneurial training; overall lack of digital and ICT competences; the competitive pressure represented by big industrial value chain.

YOUNG FARMERS aims at enhancing the opportunities for EU young farmers to adopt and exploit digital entrepreneurship models so to valorise their businesses with new competitive solutions.

The content of the training will address three main areas:

  • Challenges and opportunities for Agriculture in the Digital Era
  • Digital rural entrepreneurship and e-marketing
  • Internationalisation and e-commerce

Throughout Implementation, Partners will:

  1. Implement and maintain the YOUNG FARMERS OER Platform to provide visibility to project activities and their EU mainstreaming
  2. Outline a comprehensive analysis on the market and competitive dynamics for rural entrepreneurship
  3. Develop a Training and Resources Toolkit to be delivered to at least 120 targets
  4. Boost the adoption and replication of YOUNG FARMERS through its dissemination at national and EU level
  5. Promote its further uptake, providing evidence-based inputs to the communities of policy and practice in the domain of entrepreneurship and rural development

All YOUNG FARMERS results will be available in multilingual versions, free of charge and without restrictions through the dedicated 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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Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training: IDP European Consultants joined the Closing meeting of SUSTAIN IT

November 25th, 2020. IDP European Consultants joined the online closing meeting of SUSTAIN IT (Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training). The project, implemented by eight Organisations from six European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain) was aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the sustainable tourism sector by developing and delivering innovative, concrete and actionable training to tourism sector’s operators (current and prospective). In particular, SUSTAIN IT is targeted at individual professionals, microenterprises or SMEs in any sector of the tourism value-chain (transport, guide, accommodation, food & drink, etc.).

The Partnership, after 24 months of implementation, already delivered the training both via traditional means (face-to-face) and through the dedicated Open Educational Resource available at www.sustainit.eu

During the meeting, held online due to COVID-19 pandemic, partners discussed the latest activities needed to close the project, sharing the results of each project task. 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 SUSTAIN IT and IDP:

www.sustainit.eu

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IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of the LEAP Project

On November 24 and 25, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of LEAP (Local Adult Education Policy), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from six countries (Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by Academia Istropolitana Nova (AINova), was originally planned in Svätý Jur (Slovakia) but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The 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.

Drawing on their experience as AE providers and on lessons learnt from previous projects, LEAP partners will first map the current policy landscape in terms of participation in AE so as to have a thorough understanding of the complex interplay of threats to and opportunities for inclusion.

Partners will then condense the findings in a final report, which will serve as a basis to develop an innovative Toolkit for policy-makers and a training module. The Toolkit will be an organised body of knowledge in the domains of local policymaking and AE and will focus on civic education, climate change, digital skills, health education and pandemic-related threats.

Both the Toolkit and the training material will be tested to make sure they are effective, and feedback will be taken into account to address any shortcoming if need be.

In addition to the Toolkit and the training module, LEAP will also produce a practical Guide on local adult policy making to accompany policy-makers in the drafting of policy documents.

All LEAP results will available in multilingual versions, free of charge 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.

For further information on LEAP and other IDP initiatives:

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