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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Fair Food for a Smart Life: FAIRFOOD has been approved!

On September 2020, the Spanish Erasmus+ National Agency – SEPIE communicated the approval of the FAIRFOOD – Fair Food for a Smart Life proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

There is wide evidence that a correct diet is a source of health and longevity, although socioeconomic changes have led many people to eat poorly with serious risks and long-term costs. Hence, the convenience of returning to traditional food, simpler and healthier, but in danger of being lost due to the change in nutritional habits fostered by globalisation, is of paramount importance.

The purpose of FAIRFOOD project is to contribute to the improvement of health through a nutritional education inspired by the way our ancestors ate, with natural products, typical of the territory, treated in a simple way and consumed in its season, while contributing to preserve a European culinary and cultural heritage and to stop climate change. The rich European gastronomic culture counts on the Mediterranean diet, an intangible heritage of Humanity.

FAIRFOOD brings together universities, experts in the agro-food sector, consultants and educators for a triple objective:

  1. Identify and preserve ancestral knowledge about products and traditional modalities of production, conservation and consumption of food at risk of disappearing, in the regions of the project, as a way to preserve this cultural legacy.
  2. Disseminate this knowledge among the population in general and especially among the youngest, through face-to-face and online training programs, and being present in social networks, with the collaboration of opinion leaders and influencers.
  3. Encourage entrepreneurship and business continuity of this type in rural areas, respectful of the environment, to improve their appeal and competitiveness, attract and fix population.

To achieve its objectives, FAIRFOOD will develop:

  • FairFood OER online platform for knowledge and training on traditional healthy food, with 3 sections, available in 5 languages (Spanish, English, Italian, French and Portuguese).
  • FOODPEDIA, a repository of ancestral knowledge about native foods, crops, techniques of treatment and conservation, consumption, etc., respectful of their nature and health, including culinary recipes and traditional preparations, delivered in 100 fiches to make them easily accessible.
  • FAIRFOOD TOOLKIT, a set of 10 courses at two levels (basic and advanced) on healthy eating based on natural and nearby foods, targeted at students of high schools (basic) and professional and university training in gastronomy and nutrition (advanced).
  • TEST & VALIDATION, with the training of 250 students face-to-face and the testing of materials and levels in both the online and offline modes.

The desired results point to an improvement in food education of the population, especially among young people, and to a greater awareness of the value of this cultural heritage. For the rural world, recovering and maintaining these activities is fundamental for the survival of many towns and populations, creating competitive and sustainable businesses and decreasing depopulation. For the environment, going back to less aggressive modes of production means reducing environmental impact.

FAIRFOOD will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will be implemented between 2020/22. The project, led by the University of Malaga, brings together 6 partners from 4 countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium).

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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Global competence for advancing social inclusion and career path of vulnerable women: BOOST has been approved!

In September 2020, the Spanish Erasmus+ National Agency – SEPIE communicated the approval of the BOOST – Global competence for advancing social inclusion and career path of vulnerable women proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

With a focus on fostering global competence, BOOST has a strategic interest in targeting women currently facing vulnerability due to their migrant background and cultural differences, but also targets those professionals whom are working in the field, such as trainers, career counsellors, social workers, intercultural mediators. Both target-groups will be engaged first in MOOC sessions for building global competence, and then women will apply global competence through WebQuests. BOOST will also equip the professionals with bespoke coaching tools in order to better support these women in advancing their social inclusion and career path, by using global competence to cope with challenges they face every day.

To achieve its objectives, BOOST will develop:

  • A multilingual MOOC offering a flexible microlearning path on global competence for both target groups, women and professionals
  • A set of WebQuests, offering inquiry-oriented learning activities, to boost the practice of global competence among women
  • A bespoke programme to equip professionals in providing coaching support to vulnerable women in advancing their social inclusion and career path, by using global competence to cope with challenges they face every day. The programme will include a coaching scheme, a step-by-step guidance and recommendations, and a toolkit to support the coaching cycles. This coaching programme can be used across countries, regardless of age, background, ethnicity

BOOST will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will be implemented between 2020/22. The project brings together 8 partners from 8 countries (Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey).

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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Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises: Cyber-MSME has been approved!

In September 2020, the Polish Erasmus+ National Agency – INAPP communicated the approval of the Cyber-MSME: Cybersecurity for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

The economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold between 2013 and 2017; cybercrime is the fastest-growing form of criminal activity, with companies being the first target with a cost to businesses estimated at $5.2 trillion worldwide by 2025. According to EUROPOL (“Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment” 2018) attacks are directed towards small businesses, that provide the greatest potential profits and the lowest resistance.

In this context, it’s of pivotal importance to empower EU citizens and entrepreneurs with the necessaries skills to prevent this threat.

Objectives of CYBER-MSME are:

  • bridge the skill gaps identified at EU and national levels for micro and small businesses on cybersecurity

  • develop innovative training to provide new skills and competences to entrepreneurs and staff of MSMEs

  • make it possible for young people to become “cybersecurity experts” and identify new jobs in MSMEs. The profile of cybersecurity experts is in high demand: in 2019, IBM reports that the number of cybersecurity job postings has grown 94%
  • contribute to the competitiveness and growth of EU micro and small businesses by providing more relevant and high-quality training and products to tackle the challenges of cybersecurity and better manage cyber threats

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

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: VESTA has been approved!

On September 2020, the Italian Erasmus+ National Agency – INAPP communicated the approval of the VESTA Vocational Education Solutions and Tools for fAmily enterprises proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

More than 14 million family enterprises in Europe provide for 50% of GDP and 60 million jobs. In times of crisis, family enterprise plays 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.

 

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 tools and training resources. VESTA includes partners from the VET system (both formal and nonformal), support system and facilitation of entrepreneurship, family enterprises and Third Sector.

 

Activities that partners will carry out include:

  1. Develop and maintain the VESTA OER Platform in multilingual versions
  2. Map the ecosystem of family enterprises to extrapolate dynamics of family enterprises to bridge the gap identified by EU institutions
  3. Develop operational tools in support of family enterprises
  4. Develop and deliver innovative training specifically tailored and targeted to family enterprises
  5. Validate in real operational environments the VESTA tools and training involving at least 200 target groups
  6. Promote the adoption and replication of VESTA by mainstreaming its use across EU METODOLOGY is operational and practical, based on a “staged methodological approach”

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

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

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

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

 

In this context, SWIFT SME aims at

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

September 14th, 2020

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

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

 

Furthermore, LEAP will produce:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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