IDP at the European Rotors Digital Series: registrations open for the Webinar “EU Funding Opportunities for the Rotorcraft Industry”, January 21, 2021

Online the interview of Lorenzo Costantino (Senior Partner at IDP European Consultants) with European Rotors, to launch the Webinar on “EU Funding Opportunities for the Rotorcraft Industry” to be held on January 21, 2021

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IDP’s webinar is an integral part of the European Rotors Digital Series hosted by the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). 

Registration is open for the Webinar at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLsIWqDF5YIE-rYGiPqGKIZnSV5M-Ok7q6Zihu_7r0TYq_-w/viewform

The webinar is designed as an interactive session in which IDP will describe the functioning of European Funding Programmes, with a zoom in Horizon Europe to provide insight on eligibility and participation requirements.  IDP will present the typical lifecycle of an international collaborative project funded by the EU and delve into practical examples of funding opportunities for the rotorcraft sector. 

The webinar will also include a brainstorming session to allow participants to assess the feasibility of their project ideas.  Participants will also be entitled to schedule a dedicated meeting with experts from IDP European Consultants to discuss possible next steps.  Participation to the Webinar is open and free of charge for all members of European Rotors.  Registration is required and available here

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Develop implementation tools and training content for European education systems for the introduction of the “EntreComp” competence framework to promote entrepreneurship

Assessment and Cross-References of the EntreComp with ESCO and EQF

The “ECI – EntreComp Implementation” Erasmus+ project aims to operationalise the “EntreComp” Framework by developing implementation tools and training content for the European Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems adopting “EntreComp” in operational environments and promoting entrepreneurship.

In 2016, the EU Commission developed the “EntreComp” competence framework for entrepreneurial skills to propose a common definition of entrepreneurship as competence, to build consensus among stakeholders and build a bridge between education and work.

The ECI Partnership finalised a very detailed cross-reference analysis among the EntreComp Framework, ESCO (the classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupation) and the EQF (European Qualifications Framework); a bond that the literature review – finalised during the development of the National Reports – proved to be highly consistent but still tangibly missing and not fully exploited.

The ultimate objective of this desk assessment is to establish an initial and operational connection between the EntreComp framework and the other two, allowing partners to operationalise a new model – the ECI model, ready for publication at the end of July 2021 – for entrepreneurship valorisation and mainstreaming of entrepreneurial spirits across the VET dimension.

Each of the 6 competences selected by the partnership has been reconducted to a specific dimension, field and theoretical/operational setting of both ESCO and EQF, highlighting the different compliances by degree of consistency. We evaluated this degree by balancing each ESCO and EQF unit to the main and defining traits of each considered EntreComp competence as described by the same EU Joint Research Centre.

The results of this assessment can be found at the following link:

Methodology and Guidelines for Development of Training Tools to operationalize the EntreComp

For more information about the ECI project, please visit: www.entre-comp.eu

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Fair Food for a Smart Life: IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-off Meeting of FAIRFOOD

23rd November 2020

IDP European Consultants took part in the Kick-off Meeting of FAIRFOOD – Fair Food for a Smart Life, a new Erasmus Plus project under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for VET.

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 their season, while contributing to preserve a European culinary cultural heritage and to stop climate change. The rich European gastronomic culture counts on the Mediterranean diet, an intangible heritage of Humanity.

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.

In this context, the Partnership of FairFood, formed by 6 partners from 4 countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium) among which are the maximum exponents of the Mediterranean diet, 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 the population

The meeting, originally planned in Malaga, Spain, was held online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The partners had the opportunity to introduce themselves by dedicating the first part of the meeting to the presentation of the organisations that will collaborate on the development of FairFood. During the meeting, the partners analysed the details of the project plan and precisely defined roles and responsibilities for the implementation of the project activities. An action list was defined at the end of the meeting so that all that partners are on the same page in terms of activities, responsibilities, and deadlines.

FairFood is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and with a duration of 24 months between 2020/22.

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

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

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

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

The photo was taken during our last meeting in Budapest.

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

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IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of the CREATE2Evaluate Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th November 2020

IDP European Consultants took part in the Kick-off Meeting of NICHE – Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship, a new Erasmus Plus project under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for VET.

NICHE aims at enhancing entrepreneurship in the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) sector by developing innovative training for the underserved cohort of professionals (and prospective ones) who operate in ICH to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in the sector, enhance its competitiveness and sustain its growth.

ICH is more important for the EU economy than the entire automotive sector: over 300,000 people work in the EU cultural heritage sector. Almost 8 million jobs in the EU are indirectly linked to heritage (tourism, interpretation, security). For each direct job, the heritage sector produces 26.7 indirect jobs. This compares with 6.3 indirect jobs created for each direct job in the car industry.

In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, and develop:

  1. EQF compliant professional profile of ICH professional
  2. Training courses based on innovative topics for the ICH sector, such as management, fundraising, multifunctional work, Digital Cultural Heritage
  3. A pan-EU Open Educational Resource that becomes the focal point for ICH professionals to widen and deepen their skills and competences to be more competitive and respond to the demand of a fast evolving and growing market

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

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

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

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IDP European Consultants joined the closing meeting of SOLOPRENEUR, an Erasmus Plus Project

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

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

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

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

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

www.solo-preneur.eu

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

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

DEAL stems from a few trends: according to official reports of the EU Commission, more than 40% of Europeans lack basic digital skills and almost half of them are unemployed and at risk of severe socio-economic marginalisation. In addition, an ageing society is leading to digital and economic divide: low skilled Adult are the ones who are most exposed to risks of socio-economic exclusion due to lack of digital competences.

Nevertheless, as some real case scenario have shown, for Adult People the modern digital era can also represent an entrepreneurial opportunity and not only a threat: the DEAL project aims to trigger and unlock this potential by providing strong, reliable, evidence-based and practical digital entrepreneurship and business management knowledge/tools to empower self-employability and entrepreneurship for low-skilled adults.

The DEAL Project tackles various EU priorities:

  • the promotion and valorisation of active aging
  • the digitalisation of the European population (with specific regard to low skilled adults)
  • enhancing and boosting the entrepreneurial spirits across the EU

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

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

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

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

The aim of the AKKUEurope project is the systematic development and validation of a multimedia toolbox suitable for the target group on the basis of existing instruments, together with the owners and employees of selected SME companies.

SMEs play an important role in the European economy but are particularly affected by a shortage of young talent, as they are unable to compete with the services offered by Medium-Sized Enterprises and large companies in various respects (e.g. job security, pay levels, promotion opportunities). SME can and must react to this by paying special attention to maintaining the workability and employability of their existing workforces. In addition to the classic occupational health and safety measures, measures for the preventive maintenance of work and employability must be implemented to a greater extent, so that employees can and want to carry out their work until the planned retirement age. A comprehensive promotion of workability can help to close this gap.

In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, such as:

  • Analysis of existing instruments in the partner countries
  • Adaptation of the instruments and completion of the toolbox
  • Media implementation of the instruments

AKKUEurope results will be practical and relevant solutions for micro and small businesses, available in multilingual versions, free and without restrictions through the OER platform.

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

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

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

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

Links between sports & entrepreneurship are manifold, yet seldom recognized and rarely capitalized upon. The two are rarely found together in VET as effectively connected domains with synergic links: hence the need for much-needed entrepreneurial competences due to low entrepreneurial education in sports-oriented disciplines and lack of tailored entrepreneurship training. ENDURANCE “rethinks” the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship based on the complementarities and commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship, such as determination, perseverance, self-confidence, stamina, respect of rules, team play, self-reliance, competition, success/failure, etc.

ENDURANCE’s objective is to reignite entrepreneurial spirit and modernize the way entrepreneurship is tackled in VET and to:

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

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

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

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