IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off meeting of SWIFT SME – Smart Working: Innovative & Flexible Training for SMEs, a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information on SWIFT SME and other IDP initiatives:

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

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

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

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

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

For further information on SLIDE and IDP initiatives:

http://slideproject.eu/

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

November 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

For further information on EIDE and IDP initiatives:

www.eideproject.eu

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

On November 26, 2020, IDP European Consultants joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of YOUNG FARMERS (Rural Entrepreneurship Leveraging Advanced training for Young farmers), a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, which brings together seven Partners from five countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain). The Kick-Off Meeting, hosted by the Institut De Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires (IHF asbl), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

While young farmers represent the economic bulk of European rural areas – territories that make up 40% to 80% of every European nation – numerous EU reports identify the need of a strong entrepreneurial and risk management training (as well as new technologies) from which rural entrepreneurs can benefit in terms of new and more innovative models for business competitiveness.

The financial and long-term sustainability of their business is ruled by several key factors: lack of entrepreneurial training; overall lack of digital and ICT competences; the competitive pressure represented by big industrial value chain.

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

The content of the training will address three main areas:

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

Throughout Implementation, Partners will:

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

All YOUNG FARMERS results will be available in multilingual versions, free of charge and without restrictions through the dedicated OER platform.

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

For further information on YOUNG FARMERS and other IDP initiatives:

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Sustainable Tourism Innovative Training: IDP European Consultants joined the Closing meeting of SUSTAIN IT

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

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

During the meeting, held online due to COVID-19 pandemic, partners discussed the latest activities needed to close the project, sharing the results of each project task. Furthermore, Dissemination results were showcased, and suggestions were proposed to further improve the impact before the end of the project. Administrative aspects and reporting were finally addressed, along with the Quality Assurance section, meant to improve the overall level of the project.

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

For further information on SUSTAIN IT and IDP:

www.sustainit.eu

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

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

The project responds to the need to increase adult participation in formal, non-formal and informal learning set out at local, national and EU level.

Given the evidence of a disconnect between the macro level of policy (EU dimension) and the micro level (local/regional dimension), LEAP directly targets local decision-makers and the technical staff of local authorities to ensure they are aware of the importance of AE and that they are prepared to draft impactful local AE policies.

To increase policy effectiveness, however, the project encourages cooperation with the wider AE ecosystem and thus also targets the full range of stakeholders involved in AE, such as education providers, learning centres, cultural centres, and the civil society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information on LEAP and other IDP initiatives:

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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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt32AYEkUK4&ab_channel=EUROPEANROTORS

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

About IDP European Consultants www.idpeuropa.com

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About the European Rotors Digital Series www.europeanrotors.eu/programme/european-rotors-digital-series

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.

For more information about DELSA and IDP initiatives:

www.digitaldelsa.eu

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