Title LLL Readiness in SMEs
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2009/IRL-519
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text A report on Competency Development in SMEs, 2003 reported that on average 59% of SMEs do not have any formal training activities. Amongst the main reasons for this are Lack of Time, Lack of Funding (Costs), Lack of Planning and Lack of Relevant Courses (European Commission, 2003a; Nottingham Trent University, Barriers to Training in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, 2002). ReadiSME aims to look at these underlying problems in more detail and address such issues using existing tools and technologies.
Results from a wide range of projects, studies and of discussions with SME representatives and consultants show that the situation of many SMEs particularly in new member states like Romania and Hungary is very precarious. The main cause for this is their lack of skills and competences in many domains. Life Long Learning (LLL) processes and structured strategies for change and innovation which are necessary to improve this situation are largely absent in many European SMEs. To help remedy this situation much effort is still required on the European level to raise awareness and to provide proven concepts and instruments to SME managers, consultants and other service providers. The proposed project is mainly a dissemination and valorisation project of best practices and results of successful eLearning, Leonardo and national projects from recent years, including work undertaken by national and European networks like the German D-ELAN, Irish Skillsnets, Aqua TT. to develop and improve LLL strategies and guidelines for SMEs.
One key factor for implementing LLL strategies and concepts in SMEs and other organisations and which has been largely neglected until now is to examine the “LLL-readiness” of the organisations concerned. Much work has been conducted into the readiness of the individual learner to embrace self directed learning through the use of Guglieminos self directed learning readiness scale. In addition research has been performed in the area of e-learning readiness and the individual’s willingness to engage in such (McVay, 2000 Watkins et al, 2004). Each of these focuses on the learning willingness of the individual and not the organisation. Those of which do examine the readiness do provide a means to assess the organisations readiness to utilise e-learning however they neglect to prescribe a method to facilitate those which are at low levels of readiness to progress and introduce learning (Rosenberg, 2000).
The omission of “readiness” as a main reason for the limited success of e-learning and LLL strategies in creating sustainability has also been one of the findings of the SIMPEL project. The project proposed here will, therefore, focus on methods to establish degrees of LLL readiness in SMEs and on a step-by-step approach to implement LLL according to different levels of readiness, at the same time working towards higher levels of readiness. In combination with the models and guidelines developed by the SIMPEL project best-practice experiences with readiness will be disseminated and valorised in regional, national and European workshops and in discussions with experts. The result will be a proven package of recommendations for successfully introducing and maintaining LLL in SMEs.
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
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
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information Aims to develop a framework to change the behaviour of SMEs and inviduals in SMEs to embrace learning as a competitive tool. Framework will be available the 31st March 2011