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  • Enterprising Europe

  • Twin – TwoWheel Innovation Network

  • Steps

  • Diversity Management Extended

  • Desk research

  • From Practice-Oriented Trainings to Employable IT Experts


    Enterprising Europe

    Lifelong Learning Programme – 2013-2015


    Innovation is a must for European companies to stay competitive in a rapidly transforming economy. The (r)evolution towards the products and services of tomorrow  is made possible by the creation and testing of challenging ideas through enterprising people.

    The partnership [Syntra West (BE), Syntra Flanders (BE), Petroc College (UK), Momentic (UK), RPIC-IVP (CZ), DAP (CZ), Entrio and TVH (BE)] of the Leonardo project ‘Enterpring Europe’ has developed an online platform which identifies the enterprising strengths and talents of employees/entrepreneurs and fosters networking by sharing innovative ideas and business plans. The applied method is unique in Europe and gives individual analysis on the level of personality, knowledge, attitude and motivation.

    Companies and organizations can launch calls or challenges to which employees or others can submit a proposal. New approaches and ideas and enterprising people are brought together within the company or society.

    Based on the screening of the tool, tailored trainings for students, entrepreneurs and companies are organized, evaluated and redesigned in order to give practical, no-nonsense training which gives added value for the use and impact in the workplace.  From the evaluation as well as interviews with companies and a desk research, a paper on proposals for soft skills management in companies is published.

    On the international dissemination event on 2nd  of February 2016 in Brussels, HR managers, trainers and staff in VET, brokers, social and non-profit organizations can experience these innovations and share experience with each other. During this event, the products of the project will be presented and entrepreneurs and companies will testify about the development of enterprising soft skills.  This will be network event for the triple-helix organizations.

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    Twin – TwoWheel Innovation Network

    Lifelong Learning Programme – 2013-2015


    The E-bike is becoming more popular, so a European cooperation in this area is needed in terms of common assessment and learning materials. Within the project, the partners are developing training materials for e-bike dealers and bike technicians and an associated competence profile.

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    Interreg 2 Seas – 2013-2015


    The European cluster project  STEPS (Soft skills Training Enabling Progression and Sustainability), invests in soft skills. In a first phase the importance and value of soft skills were demonstrated and shared with diverse stakeholders. In a second phase, a toolkit regarding soft skills was developed, supporting schools, educational institutions, employers, welfare and employment services to create awareness about and reinforce key skills.

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    Diversity Management Extended

    Erasmus+ Programme – 2014-2017


    Diversity Management Extended builds further upon a series of projects regarding the thematic of diversity management. An extended set of instruments encourages employers to conduct a diverse HR policy focusing on strengths and diverse sets of competencies. In addition, (future) employees see their awareness of strengths and key competencies heightened. On top of that, the project renders policy advice to maximize the public support regarding diversity management.

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    From Practice-oriented Trainings to Employable IT Experts

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    In the preparatory research phase (January-May 2018) of this ESF project, we want to explore the possible solutions for the substantial lack of qualified IT profiles given that many IT jobs have become structural shortage occupations. This shortage threatens the growth of the ICT sector in Belgium.

    The reason for this challenge is twofold:

  • - The number of IT graduates is too limited
  • - The existing training offer is insufficient.
  • The available trainings

  • • only reach a limited target group
  • • provide insufficient practical knowledge and lack a component of work-based learning to enhance the employability of the graduates
  • • are quickly out of date given the rapid technological innovations in ICT
  • The project’s objective is to increase the degree of innovation in ICT trainings and to enhance the employment rate in the ICT sector through innovative and applied (in the form of dual and digital) learning programmes. These trainings will differ from the already existing offer due to their innovative factor and the flexibility to respond quickly to the needs and innovations of the IT market.

    The integration and full-fledged development of dual learning in these programs seems crucial. How this can be done exactly and with which relevant national and international stakeholders will be further explored during the preparatory phase of this project.

    The exact needs and opportunities of the following potential target groups will be identified in consultation with partners in Belgium and abroad:

  • • young adults for whom the existing training offer is inadequate

  • • women to whom IT jobs generally still seem unattractive, but who can be the best candidates, e.g. for jobs that do not merely require technical skills
  • • (newly arrived) migrants who already have acquired competences in IT or would like to start a practice-oriented IT course even before they speak Dutch perfectly
  • IT companies will also be questioned to assess their needs in view of a more practice-oriented and relevant training and a better employability of IT graduates who dispose of practical knowledge of new IT technologies based on the rapidly changing IT market.

    We want to combine the expertise and experiences of partners on a national and international level with the aim to:

  • • develop innovative ICT trainings with a substantial component of dual learning
  • • increase the number of well-trained employable IT graduates who can get hired immediately for bottleneck jobs
  • • establish new partnerships between ICT learning companies, training centres and schools

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