Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport: the ENDURANCE proposal has been approved!

On August 2020, the Slovenská akademická asociácia pre medzinárodnú spoluprácu (Erasmus+ National Agency in Slovakia) communicated the approval of the ENDURANCE – Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.

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 EE 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:

 

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

ENDURANCE 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 eight organisations from seven European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain).

In the project, IHF will provide technical, operational and management contributions, being involved in all activities and “stages” of implementation to contribute to the production of deliverables and outputs. Moreover, IHF will be proactively involved in securing the engagement of target groups and stakeholders in project activities throughout the most relevant stages of analysis, development and deployment and piloting.

IHF will establish an operational connection between the ENDURANCE project and European policy and practice, also greatly contributing to its mainstreaming at European level. In particular, IHF ensures the “European Dimension” of the project as it carries out all the technical tasks from a “European Perspective”, i.e. carrying out analysis of relevant EU policies, trends and initiatives; extrapolating EU relevant case studies, lessons learned and best-practices.

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The proposal CREATE2Evaluate has been approved!

September 4th, 2020

The Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the CREATE2Evaluate proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

CREATE 2 Evaluate is a follow-up of ‘Competitive Regions and Employability of Adults through Education’ (CREATE) which ran from 2017 to 2019. The CREATE consortium created an open resource Toolbox containing useful tools, best practice cases as well as networks for relevant stages of the policy cycle. In collecting tools for the Toolbox it became clear that tools were sorely lacking in one crucial area: evaluation. The original set of tools plus the ones yet to be designed can be found via: http://www.projectcreate.eu/ .

In addition to creating the evaluation tools, CREATE2Evaluate will provide support for implementation by designing guiding documents which will facilitate up-take and increase impact at systemic level. Agents interested in working with the new tools for evaluation can also benefit from the existing virtual community established under CREATE. The virtual community highlights the cooperative approach run by the consortium who believe they can only create viable instruments for the AE sector by incorporating the existing expertise from practice as much as possible. Beyond the lifetime of the project partners aim to enable players in the AE field to exchange experiences and cooperate more stringently to achieve more sustainable and efficient results informed by the sector’s real needs.

The consortium will collaborate with sector representatives to pilot and refine the tools in order to create easy-to-use templates that can be applied directly. The primary target groups of CREATE 2 EVALUATE are policy makers, managers in AE provider organisations and AE umbrellas at regional, national as well as EU levels, because they are centrally involved in designing policy and programmes and/or in putting strategies and programmes into action. They represent two perspectives on the processes but are equally affected by them and thus both profit from transparent evaluation procedures. All tools and other project results will be available as Open Educational Resources in accordance with Erasmus+ guidelines.

CREATE2Evaluate 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 eight organisations from seven European countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain).

In CREATE2Evaluate, 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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Regulation of the work ability in small and micro enterprises through multimedia tools: the AKKUEurope proposal has been approved!

On August 2020 the Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the AKKUEurope – regulation of the work ability in SMEs through multimedia tools proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

The aim of the AKKUEurope project is the systematic development and testing 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 work ability 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
  • Test phase of the toolbox in the company
  • 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.

AKKUEurope 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, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland and Spain).

In AKKUEurope, 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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DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR ADULT LEARNERS: the DEAL proposal has been approved!

On July the 9th, the Irish Erasmus+ National Agency communicated the approval of the DEAL – Digital Entrepreneurship for Adult Learners proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for AE.

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.

The macro-scale impacts are profoundly serious, considering how such high rates of unemployment dangerously pressure the overall economic and welfare system of a Country.

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 these 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 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

Partners will take stock of the current landscape of digital entrepreneurship for adult learners, identify trends and dynamics, as well as pinpoint training needs and tools to enhance and mainstream adult entrepreneurship and self-employability through digital opportunities.

DEAL 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, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain).

In the DEAL project, 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.

In addition, IDP brings into the project its consolidated experience in international project management and reporting, gained in more than 25 years of experience in large collaborative projects.

IDP will also collaborate with the Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation and monitoring of the project.

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IDP partecipa all’iniziativa “Io Riparto – Storie di chi non si ferma”

Il 31 Luglio 2020 alle ore 10:00, IDP European Consultants sarà lieta di partecipare all’evento online “Io Riparto – Storie di chi non si ferma: R€-funding Italy”. L’iniziativa, promossa da Riparto LAB, Oiko ACX Action, si colloca nell’ambito della promozione di misure di accesso a forme di finanziamento per la ripartenza, con un particolare focus sui fondi Europei.

IDP European Consultants parteciperà con i propri senior partners per offrire una dettagliata panoramica sui fondi comunitari con particolare attenzione ai programmi a gestione centralizzata. L’iniziativa “Io Riparto” si aggiunge alla proposta gratuita di IDP “Solidarietà Digitale“, un catalogo multimediale che mette a disposizione di tutti più di 120 corsi di formazione su differenti tematiche, sviluppati nell’ambito dei progetti Erasmus Plus in implementazione.

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Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship: the NICHE proposal has been approved!

On 8th July the Icelandic Centre for Research (Erasmus+ National Agency in Iceland – education and sports) communicated the approval of the NICHE – Nurturing Intangible Cultural Heritage for Entrepreneurship proposal, 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

NICHE 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 nine organisations from seven European countries (Iceland, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden).

In the NICHE project, 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. In addition, IDP brings into the project its consolidated experience in international project management and reporting, gained in more than 25 years of experience in large collaborative projects. IDP will also collaborate with the Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation and monitoring of the project.

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IDP participated in the DELSA Online Meetings

Over the last few weeks, IDP took part in the online meetings of the DELSA project. Due to the Covid pandemic, the meetings moved to online mode on the basis of an agenda developed and shared jointly by all partners.
During the meetings the partners discussed about Project Management details such as the need to carry out the subsequent meetings in online mode due to the uncertainty related to the covid-19 emergency, and the development of the validation plan for the project to define specific programs, activities and tools (e.g. model of modules to collect feedback from users) for testing and validation activities.
The DELSA Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. DELSA involves a Consortium of 8 partners across 6 countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Spain), in which IRL are the Lead Partner. There are also two other Irish Partners in the Project – Longford Women’s Link and NUI Maynooth.
DELSA – Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults – is designed to address the clearly identified need (in Ireland and across Europe) to provide immediate and concrete training and educational resources for adults to advance their digital competencies and skills.
The project has developed online resources and are currently testing and validating these online and through Zoom.
If you are interested in taking part in either of these training modules, please log on to http://www.digitaldelsa.eu/training.php where you can also provide feedback on all the courses.

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SOCIAL EDUCATION FOR DIGITAL TARDIVES: IDP gathered the Transnational Virtual Meeting of CLICK CLEVER, an Erasmus+ Project

On June 16th, 8 Partners from 5 European countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, and Spain) gathered online for the project management meeting of CLICK CLEVER, a project cofounded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission. The meeting, scheduled in Athens, has been taken in online mode due to the COVID pandemic restrictions.

CLICK CLEVER features free online and face-to-face training modules to make “digital immigrants” able to live in relational environments, such as social networks, and to think critically about contents they receive through social media.

During the online meeting, based on a shared agenda agreed by all partners, the Consortium focused on validation activities in order to implement the CLICK CLEVER training courses directly to the target group and get back specific feedback that will allow to further develop the training contents. Furthermore, partners defined new dissemination strategies that will allow the Consortium to organise Multiplier Events in different formats.

IDP is a consulting and training company specialised in EU funding established in 1996 by professionals working since 1991 in Brussels in the frame of EU policies and EU funding programmes, providing 25 years of direct experience in EU funding. With offices in Italy and Brussels, IDP has a proven track record in the development, submission and management of EU funded international collaborative projects in a wide range of thematic areas such as innovation, finance, entrepreneurship and education.

DESI 2020: IMPROVE YOUR DIGITAL SKILLS WITH IDP ONLINE COURSES

Last week, the European Commission published the 2020 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI 2020), which from 2014 summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness.

Despite over the past year, all EU countries improved their digital performance, data on digital literacy and the use of human capital in the digital transformation process are still worrying, in particular for Italy which has a worsening in several parameters, especially in human capital where it ranks last in the european ranking.

In this context, IDP is pleased to provide training courses from its projects co-funded by the Erasmus Plus programme of the European Commission which are focused on the improvement of digital skills related to entrepreneurship, internationalisation and inclusiveness . The contents, open, free and multilingual  will be further developed in the coming months. (see the list below)

Adult Education

CLICK CLEVER – Social Education for Digital Tardives and Digital Immigrants

DELSA – Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults

School Education

SLIDE – School Internationalisation & Development

Vocational Education and Training

ARTCademy – Arts & Traditional Crafts Academy: DIGITAL SKILLS

DEEP – Digital Entrepreneurship for Employability Paths

EIDE – Emotional Intelligence & Digital Entrepreneurship

SOLOPRENEUR – Self-Employability in Remote Regions Of Europe: ICT TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR SOLOPRENEURSHIP

SUSTAIN IT – Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training:ICT TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Higher Education

IDEA – Inspiring Digital Entrepreneurship and Awareness in HE

 

The Project Meeting of Tour2Include was held online

On 11th June 2020 the Tour2Include Consortium held the 2nd Project Management Meeting. Due to COVID restriction, the meeting, originally planned in Pescara – Italy, took place in online mode on the basis of a detailed agenda shared and agreed by all partners.

 

At the meeting partners focused on the results of Mapping activities on Tourism-related professions where low-skilled migrants are mostly occupied and each organisation presented a snapshot of their Country report. Furthermore, the online meeting was very important to define next steps and actions. The partners organised the activities and timeline of IO2 “Delivery of a Prior Learning Assessment Approach”. This output aims at developing and implementing a prior learning assessment approach, enabling career guidance professionals and migrants themselves to assess their already existent skills. In addition, the meeting was dedicated to Project monitoring and reporting plus some specific aspects of financial management. Moreover, dissemination activities were also brought to discussion for the upstreaming of the project in EU settings.

 

Tour2Include is a project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission: it aims to establish an innovative approach with the intention to support low-skilled migrants who would like to work in the Tourism Sector to acquire the necessary typical and soft skills. Taking into consideration that, according to Eurostat, 7% of the total workforce in Tourism comes from third, non-EU, countries (2016 data), the project focuses on targeted training opportunities which will offer better career perspectives to migrants away from undeclared work and marginalization.

 

In the Project, IDP brings its consolidated experience and expertise as a private VET provider of entrepreneurship training, ranging from SME development to micro entrepreneurship for growth and competitiveness. IDP has 25 years of experience in international and cross-border collaboration in the field of promotion of entrepreneurship and employability. IDP have greatly contributed 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. Furthermore, IDP will contribute to structuring training modules, developing training materials and content. In addition, IDP brings into the project its consolidated experience in international project management and reporting. IDP will also collaborate with the Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation and monitoring of the project.

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