Title Supporting the Development of Skills for SME Internationalization
Project Number 2013-1-PT1-LEO05-15531
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
To support SME and NTBF (new technology based firms) human resources and managers, as well as students and young qualified unemployed people, to develop skills for the development and implementation of internationalization strategies that contribute for the success and growth of companies in the European and global market and the creation of new job opportunities is the main goal of GROW International project.
Based on the methodology developed under previous Leonardo da Vinci project "Doing Business International for SME", the project will focus on the development of contents, learning materials and channels for the delivery of a training course addressing the development of skills and knowledge to support internationalization among companies located in the South-West and Mediterranean area of Europe.
GROW International project aims the transfer of the methodology and related resources for the course "Doing Business International", developed under LdV previous project "Doing Business International for SME". the need for this project was perceived by PARKURBIS, as an incubation institution and supporter to the creation and development of new technology based firms. In order to develop services that better suit the need of the supported firms, it is usual to listen entrepreneurs and managers and to question which services or activities can be available to support firms community. The need of new skills to support internationalization processes is the common need among NTBF, after the 2nd year of activity. Furthermore, the European Economy is living an economical challenge that demands the ability, of firms, to compete at European and Global level. Most of the SME don't have these skills and search for the support of those who have it. Considering the stated above, GROW International aims to provide a training course, with classroom sessions and e-learning sessions, that supports the development of new skills in innovative SME and NTBF managers, employees and unemployed people, in order to promote, launch and support internationalization processes among these firms. Based on the methodology and results previously developed by "Qualification for doing business international" project, for the Baltic Sea, the project GROW International aims to adapt the course to the South-West and Mediterranean Europe (PT, SP, IT, FR), and to the specific target group of innovative SME and NTBF. The development of an online tool for training and delivery of contents, addresses the specific needs of firms for time rational use.
The partnership assembled aims to ensure important competencies and acting fields: contact with target groups and influence in the countries territory, expertise in VET system (UBI), ability to disseminate information and promote valorization and exploitation of the results (IASP), representativeness of the territory, participation of a transfer supportive partner (HP). Considering the need of the development of specific tasks such as evaluation and online platform, the difficulty of identifying suitable partners without compromising the equilibrium of the partnership and the available budget, was decided to ensure the tasks development using subcontracting.
After the project, is planned the existence os a learning guide with the contents of the course "Internationalization", an online platform for training and delivery of contents, a best practices guide on the use of results, based on the experienced blended training, reports for the NA and other for monitoring purpose, the Project Quality Charter and IPR and Exploitation Agreements.
With the project, partners aim the delivery of a new tool and contents to support SME to be competitive, to adjust internal skills to the needs of the firm and to support the update of skills among unemployed.
Project GROW International is composed by 6 working packages (WP) distributed according the following:
WP1 - Coordination and management
WP2 - Communication, dissemination and exploitation
WP3 - Project evaluation, monitoring and quality assessment
WP4 - Internationalization training course
WP5 - Development of online platform for learning
WP6 - Piloting phase
WP4, WP5 and WP6 are specifically devoted to the development of activities aiming the transfer, localization and innovation of "Qualification for Doing Business International" results. During the first year of the project, the partnership will put efforts on the transfer and development of contents, tools and methods to support the training course, while the second year of the project will have a bigger focus on the experimentation of the developed solutions.
For the training course, alongside with the translation, update and localization of contents previously developed for the modules "IPR Management", "South-West and Mediterranean Europe Business" and "Internationalization Planning".
The online platform will deliver the contents developed in the several languages of the partnership, plus English, and will allow to complement learning with e-learning sessions and contents. The platform will also allow the participation of all users in the construction of knowledge, by allowing the upload of information and exchange of comments.
The piloting phase will allow partners to build different possible solutions and combinations for blended training courses, taht allow to combine "on the job" tasks with "classroom" sessions. This means that, for unemployed participants, partners will put some efforts on the involvement of companies willing to receive these participants for the development of internationalization plans and strategies as interns.
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
From the execution of the project, 2 types of products will results: 1. Package of final results, addressing target group's needs; 2. Package of internal results.
The first type of products will include:
- GROW International online learning platform, with learning contents, objects and access to e-learning sessions;
- Project website;
- GROW International learning guide, including learning chapters, available for download and printing;
- Best Practices & Learning Lessons Guide, including case studies on the use and implementation of the training package.
The second type of products will include:
- Interim and final reports;
- Communication and dissemination reports;
- Exploitation Plan;
- IPR and Exploitation Agreements;
- Project Quality Charter;
- Monitoring and Quality evaluation.