VET systems are characterised by fragmented nature, complexity and a large variety of actors. To be future-proof, European policy initiative need implementation, impact and awareness at grass root level, which require strong cooperation mechanisms, also among VET providers, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Europe’s economyand society. Digitalisation and technological changes are listed as the biggest challenges but the vast majority of SMEs raises a lack of skilled staff.
The main aim of the project is to foster, trough a bottom-up process, a shared global vision and specific practical collaborations between VET systems in order to make them more attractive, career oriented, innovative, accessible and flexible, to foster mutual learning, peer counselling, capacity building and exchange of best practices between VET SMEs and Training Networks provided through a virtual learning environment that is based on the mix of formal and informal education.
The project proposes an innovative model of a “Community of VET’s Practices”. The basic structure and program design of the Community are based on the adoption and adaptation of “higher education” models and procedures. The dissemination and communication of the project will take place through Information and communication campaigns also through innovative web tools, Erasmus + platforms, networks and contacts of the participating organization.
The target groups can be distinguished between direct (Craft and SMEs VET Providers, Association of SMEs, crafts and freelancers, Policy and Decision Makers) and indirect (universities, schools, associations and networks of workers ..)
The impact is achieved in particular in terms of:enhancement of the ability to participate, development of co-design, collaboration and cooperation skills in virtual and innovative environments, strengthening of professional skills, building a more open, purposeful and effective mutual dialogue with policy makers.
The project will be coordinated by the ECIPA Foundation. The partners in the project are:
- SME ACADEMY AVIGNON, France
- European Foundation for Quality in Blended Learning (EFQBL), Austria
- Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Catalunya (PIMEC), Spain
- Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (IME