Tour2Include: Migrant’s integration into tourism-related professions

Skills and Training needs for Migrants’ professional empowerment and employability

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

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

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

General Soft Skills

Intercultural Soft Skills

Tourism-related Professional Skills

·  Self-confidence

·  Ability to solve problems

·  Oral and written communication

·  Time management

·  Ability to work in teams

·  Autonomy and flexibility

·  Willingness to learn

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

·  Awareness and respect of basic rights of individuals and groups

·  Good understanding and speaking of the local language

·  Knowledge of the local territory

·  Basic Computer and Digital Skills

·  Basic knowledge of main hygiene and alimentary norms

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The DEAL Website is now online at https://www.projectdeal.eu/  providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. The platform will contain all the Project’s information, deliverables and outputs.

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

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

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

  • Mapping
  • Toolkit
  • Operational Manual

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

PARTNERS: describes the Partners involved in the DEAL Project.

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

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

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

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

NEWS: to remain always updated with DEAL latest developments…

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

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

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

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

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

ENDURANCE “rethinks” the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship based on the complementarities and commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship, such as determination, perseverance, self-confidence, stamina, respect of rules, team play, self-reliance, competition, success/failure, etc.

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

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

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

  • Project
  • Mapping
  • Training

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

PARTNERS: describes the Partners involved in the ENDURANCE Project.

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

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

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

NEWS: to remain always updated with ENDURANCE latest developments…

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

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

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

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Family Business as economic driver: the VESTA website is available online

The VESTA Website is now online (https://www.projectvesta.eu/) providing specific info on project aims, activities and results. The platform will contain all the Project’s information, deliverables and outputs.

The Project’s aim is to support the growth and sustain 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.

The very user-friendly Platform has been built by the Spanish partner, IWS (Internet Web Solutions) and will be constantly updated by the partnership as a whole during the project implementation. VESTA Website is available in five languages (English, German, Italian, Slovenian and Spanish) and is composed by multiple sections freely available to all navigators.

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

  • Mapping
  • Toolkit
  • Training

PROJECT: explains the main aim of the VESTA Project (“why VESTA?”), providing users with background information on the family business phenomenon and how the Project will support the growth and competitiveness of family enterprises.

PARTNERS: describes the Partners involved in the VESTA Project.

MAPPING: this section will contain the final report on the family enterprise ecosystem, which will allow the Partners in defining and assessing the real and perceived training needs.

TOOLKIT: includes innovative and useful tools to improve family businesses’ operations. In particular:

  1. Self-assessment tools to evaluate on a series of indicators (operational, managerial, family, etc.) to discern between “real” and “perceived” challenges of family enterprises;
  2. Operational tools to guide family enterprises, especially the microenterprises, through processes and challenges relating to inter-generational learning, handover and succession, human resources and strategy formulation.

TRAINING: will include contents and tools in a multilingual version (English, Spanish, Italian, Slovenian and German).

GLOSSARY: defines and explains the main terms related to the family business.

NEWS: to remain always updated with VESTA latest development.

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

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

VESTA is managed by six Partners from five countries, i.e. Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Spain, and is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

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EU Funding Opportunities for the Rotorcraft Industry: IDP at the European Rotors Digital Series

Our Senior Partner Lorenzo Costantino represented IDP  in the Webinar on “EU Funding Opportunities for the Rotorcraft Industry” hosted by the European Rotors Association on January 21th -22th, 2021.

The webinar has been designed as an interactive session in which IDP described the functioning of European Funding Programmes, with a zoom in Horizon Europe providing insight on eligibility and participation requirements.  In particular, IDP presented the typical lifecycle of an international collaborative project funded by the EU with practical examples of funding opportunities for the rotorcraft sector. 

 

The webinar brought together various representatives of the rotor sector, and with more than 45 registered participants the event was a success. 

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IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of Digital Skills for an Ageing Europe, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

On January 12, 2021, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of Digital Skills for an Ageing Europe, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together eight Partners from six countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by E-SENIORS: INITIATION DES SENIORS AUX NTIC ASSOCIATION, was originally planned in Paris, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

As life expectancy increases, Europe’s rapidly aging population continues to grow in number. According to the Eurostat, one in four people will be over 65 years old by 2050.

Social policies for the elderly in Europe often neglect lifelong learning, and this despite the fact that the sustainability of social protection systems relies on the autonomy and on the community participation of the elderly population. Since studies have shown that the set of skills one has diminished with age, it is clear that more attention and resources should be devoted to lifelong learning.

In addition, poor skills have been linked to greater risks of loneliness, isolation and social exclusion, which in turn are important risk factors that can lead to poor mental and physical health in elderly people, especially in the absence of family networks or insufficient family support.

The project Digital Skills for an Ageing Europe stands as a concrete response to this need, as it aims to promote active ageing by encouraging seniors to adopt a range of good practices to preserve their health through the use of new technologies.

Digital Skills for an Ageing Europe will adopt an intersectoral and gender sensitive approach and capitalise on the valuable experience of its Partners to provide the elderly with innovative and tailored training opportunities.

In particular, partners will carry out the following activities:

  1. Develop a dedicated OER Platform accessible to all, free of charge, in full Open Access mode and in multilingual versions (EN, FR, GR, IT, MK, ES) where all the content produced will be published
  2. Develop highly interactive e-learning courses to improve the memory and learning skills of the elderly, help them familiarise with practical services such as online shopping, and bookings, etc. with a view to improving their cognitive abilities and health, as well as preventing skill decline and dementia
  3. Develop guidelines to facilitate the uptake of Digital Skills for an Ageing Europe 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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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.

https://forms.gle/ToKeF7TPTBcz7f3V8 

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.

For further information on CITIES BY HEART and other IDP initiatives:
https://citiesbyheart.aeva.eu/ 

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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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