Title Increase SMEs export skills through e-learning
Project Number 2013-1-RO1-LEO05-28781
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Since the lack of export related skills has been identified as one of the main obstacles that prevents SMEs from engaging in an exporting activity, the development of e-learning contents, that are available for them at any time from everywhere, will increase the training opportunities available for them, will increase their export skills and will increase their competitiveness in the international market. After training, it is expected that SMEs' staff would be more confident and more able to engage into exporting activity. E-EMPORIO made VET more responsive to the labor market needs and promote practice-oriented and results-oriented non formal training.
Summary The SMEs in Europe constitute the core of European economy but only a few of them have exporting activity. The increase of the exporting activity of the SMEs has been considered as one of the main ways for Europe to get out of the financial crisis. The E-EMPORIO project contributed to the development of the export skills of the staff that is working in SMEs by providing them with complete, qualitative, results-oriented and practice-oriented e-learning contents that are accessible through internet from any place at any time and were adapted to the specificities of each country. Some of the e-learning contents and training methodology were transferred from a previous Leonardo project called text-e. The main target group was SMEs' staff but also another target group was unemployed people who were willing to develop their skills in order to find a job or start their own business (SME). The general objectives of the project were: to contribute to an increase in SMEs competitiveness in the international scene through use of innovative technologies; to increase foreign trade capacities of SMEs' staff; to minimize identified training gaps in exportation across partner countries; to generate dialogue among the trainers from partner countries and to promote the accreditation of skills acquired through non formal and informal learning. The specific objectives of the project included: to develop practice-oriented and competence based e-learning contents, especially developed in order to increase the skills of SMEs' staff in exports, taking into consideration the specificities of each partner country; to transfer these e-learning courses also to mobile phone applications; to provide certification for the skills and competencies that are going to be obtained through the e-learning platform; to transfer best practices and expertise between the partners; to consider the needs of specific target groups such as older workers (or unemployed) wishing to update their skills. The partnership of the E-EMPORIO was constituted from organizations from the Southern Europe (GR, CY, ES) and from the Eastern Europe (RO, LV, TR). The composition of the transnational partnership wass determined by the selection of key actors in the project's area (1 SMEs Association, 2 chambers, 1 SME in management consulting, 2 SMEs in innovation, development and ICT training and 1 organization in the field of e-learning and EU projects) with great experience and expertise in the field of SMEs training, thus facilitating the mainstreaming of project results and the sustainability of outputs. General Description of the Outcomes: Study on the Training Needs of the SMEs, innovative E-Learning Modules, e-learning courses, training of trainers. Impact: The e-learning contents and the certification facilitated the development and recognition of the export skills of the SMEs' workers, fact which contributed significantly to the development of the SMEs and of the European exports.
The need of implementing this project came mainly from two important facts:
• The SMEs in Europe constitute the core of European economy but only a few of them have exporting activity.
• The increase of the exporting activity of SMEs is considered one of the main ways for Europe to get out of the financial crisis.
The general objectives of E-EMPORIO are:
• To contribute to an increase in SMEs competitiveness at international level by using innovative technologies;
• To increase foreign trade capacities of SMEs' staff;
• To minimize training gaps in exports identified in partner countries;
• To generate dialogue among the trainers from partner countries and promote the accreditation of skills acquired through non-formal and informal learning.
The project had also a series of specific objectives, such as:
• To develop practice-oriented and competence based e-learning contents, especially developed in order to increase the skills of SMEs' staff in exports, taking into consideration the specificities of each partner country;
• To transfer these e-learning courses also to mobile devices applications;
• To provide certification for the skills and competencies that are going to be obtained through the e-learning platform;
• To transfer best practices and expertise between partners;
• To consider the needs of specific target groups such as older workers (or unemployed) wishing to improve their skills.
The implementation of the project has 4 main phases, namely:
• Phase 1: Research and Analysis
• Phase 2: Development of E-Learning platform and E-Learning Contents
• Phase 3: Testing and Finalization of the Materials
• Phase 4: Training Sessions
Open and distance learning
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Real Estate Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
Transportation and Storage
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Mining and Quarrying
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
audio or video cassettes
open and distance learning
material for open learning
- National Reports with the results and conclusions of desk and field research in each partner country.
- Comparative Study, which is the synthesis of the information collected from the national reports. It also include the conclusions that provided necessary input for the development and adaptation of the e‐learning modules.
- E-Learning Platform
- Manual for trainers and trainees - a handbook with information about students/ learners and tutors on how to use the platform, how to navigate, how to communicate with the tutor, how to solve the technical aspects of the platform etc.
- E-Learning Modules
- National and Comparative Testing Reports
- Piloting Courses in all partners countries
- Piloting National and Final reports
- e-Emporio Web Portal
- Project's Leaflet
- Project's Poster
- Stakeholders Network
- Dissemination Seminars
- Final Conference and Final Dissemination report