SMEs & eLEARNING
VITECO participates in the development of the project SMEELEARN – SMEs & eLEARNING – under the domain of Erasmus+ programme, KA2 “Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices”.
The project aims to promote the transfer of innovative training practices from formal educational institution to SMEs. Due to the fact that SMEs need tailored training, fit for their needs, it is important to offer alternative forms of training, such as eLearning. For this purpose, the increasing use of eLearning in education has allowed SMEs to organize their learning, in their own time and space at low cost.
Thus, general aim of the project is to test and transfer eLearning practices that are common in the formal education sector to SMEs in order to address the vocational skills needed to develop and sustain SME growth in Europe. This involves working closely with SMEs employees and managers and VET providers.
Research has shown that SMEs have limited resources for offering training and what they really require is “informal” training for specific problems they encounter, at a time to suit them. Therefore eLearning offers a great opportunity. However, there is reluctance on the part of SMEs, and their employees, to engage in this form of learning, despite the many advantages.
By creating a “SME eLearning Platform”, SMEs would have a source of information to access. It is imperative that alternative methods of learning, such as eLearning, goes together with the creation of more small and medium-led business generating new sources of welfare and jobs. The overall objective is to struggle against unemployment, promoting the reinforcement of innovation and creativity and entrepreneurial spirit at all levels of education and training.
VITECO is co-lead partner for the ICT field, being in charge for the development of a “SME eLearning Guide” and a “SME eLearning Platform”. The first one assists SMEs and their employees when considering including eLearning as part of their training portfolio. The second one is constituted by a collaborative platform, eLearning courses, online web-seminars and a dedicated social network.