• February 27, 2024

CARE: The consortium joined the Closing Meeting of the CARE project

On February 2nd, 2024, the consortium joined the Closing Meeting of CARE, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, which brings together seven partners from four countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium). …

OFF LINE How to quit with Social Media

After two years of implementation, the OFFLINE How to quit with Social Media Erasmus+ project came to an official conclusion. Partners gathered together on 19 January, 2024 in Lecce (IT) to …

OPSIZO Diversity & Inclusion in Microenterprise Launch of the Open Education Resource Platform

OPSIZO Project launched the online Open Education Resource Platform, that represents a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts, and will be the OER platform for target groups to …

Free Matrix to Assess Digital Readiness at European VETs

A new Multidimensional and Multifunctional Matrix is now made available for free, aimed at both the educational and organizational level at Vocational Educational Training institutions in the EU. The matrix will …

Making digital education approachable: Matrix, Training and Tools explained in the Operational Guidelines of the RESET project results

The RESET project announces the publication of its operational guidelines for Vocational Education and Training (VET) operators. Titled “Operational Guidelines for VET Operators,” the document presents all RESET learning products and …

On November 30, 2020, IT Solutions for All 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 asbl (IHF), was originally planned in Brussels, but has been rescheduled online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

EU 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Deliver the training to 120 target groups and collect feedback to fine tune the material created
  • Develop guidelines to facilitate the uptake of SWIFT and its mainstreaming in VET and SME ecosystems
  • Put forward policy options to promote Smart Working and competitiveness of SMEs

IT Solutions for All is the technological partner of the project, especially of the IO4: REA Platform, the project website, as well as the Backoffice for the management of the project contents, and its maintenance and updating during all the SWIFT SME implementation phases, and even two years after its completion.

For further information on SWIFT SME and other IT Solutions for All initiatives:

https://www.swiftsme.eu/
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