Title Innovative Vocational Training Approaches in Social Economy Small and Micro Enterprises
Project Number 2008-1-PT1-LEO05-00404
Product Training Needs’ Analysis of Small and Micro Enterprises in Social Economy of Portugal, Austria, Latvia and Turkey
Title Training Needs’ Analysis of Small and Micro Enterprises in Social Economy of Portugal, Austria, Latvia and Turkey
Product Type procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Marketing Text The project TSESME addresses the problems of the Social Economy SMEs by aiming to improve the vocational training system in small and micro enterprises by providing innovative and feasible tools for the assessment of training needs and raising awareness about the changes and challenges throughout training.
The project TSESME addresses the problems of the Social Economy SMEs by aiming to improve the vocational training system in small and micro enterprises by providing innovative and feasible tools for the assessment of training needs and raising awareness about the changes and challenges throughout training.
The analysis was made in order to give relevant background information for the needs of the subsequent stages of the project. It was based on previous studies and an inquiry targeted to the Social Economy small and especially micro enterprises. The inquiry for the needs of this analysis was organized simultaneously in the four participating countries; Portugal, Austria, Latvia and Turkey. It was conducted in the period from January to February 2009. The total number of inquiries was 197.
It was produced country specific reports by partner and a compiled one, reporting main findings.
Target group small organisations in the social economy field; vocational training providers; trainers, counsellors and mentors
The results of the survey are very much close to the information gathered with bibliographical research and focus group.
Most of the respondents organisations are small or micro orgaisations, work in a very
traditional field and address diverse target groups; usually assume the form of
Associations. The majority of the respondents held high positions within the
organisation, and possess high degree but usually not in management or related
sciences. The conncept of “training” is well understood by the respondents who also
have a positive representation of it.
Most of the respondents in each country stated they need and use training services,
which are available not only locally, but also regionally or nationally. A possible
explanation for this is that many of the social economy SME need very specific
training services so they use internal training or use training services from
organisations from their sector acting regionally.
Concerning quality of training, most consider that it is good, but can be better; for
instance, tailored to their needs, which is also visible when present bad training
experiences. They have a positive image of training providers.
Most of the respondents consider that the vocational training is very expensive per
se, and also present important associated costs, regarding time consuming and the
possible escape of collaborators. Besides these statements, most of the respondents
consider that training is a good investment, and many know and use public funding to
encourage their collaborators to undergo, training course. In short, there is a need for
training and these organisations are open to undertake training even during working
Concerning the organisation of the training provided, most of the respondents
consider the e-learning a good approach, but also the mixture of different methods,
including the trainer coming to the organisation, and providing training during working
hours – this way, blended courses is quite wellcome by the majority of respondents,
and under the topics which are subjects that can be also available to SMEs for profit
and related to Management, but of course adequated to Social Economy.
Area of application Organisations within the social economy field
Product Languages English