Title Vocational Education and Training for Business Advisors (VETBA)
Project Number LLP/LdV/TOI/2010/IRL-513
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The aim of VETBA was to develop the skills and competences of SME teachers, trainers and tutors (business advisors) as a highly effective means of enabling the survival, growth & development of European SMEs.
Visit www.business-advisor.eu or www.facebook.com/BusinessAdvisorTraining for additional information
The project will increase the contribution of Business Advisors as change agents who facilitate the uptake of innovation and growth within their SME clients, and therefore, within the overall EU economy.
The training aims to teach the knowledge necessary for Business Advisors, and improve their performance as mentors and business advisors.
The objectives of the project were:
- Identify, across Europe, the training needs of businesses advisers;
- Adapt existing training materials, and complement with new materials to create a new, multilingual, online training course.
The online course is available to Business Advisors in four languages – English, Polish, Romanian, and Portuguese.
The project consisted of 7 work packages that were completed over two years.
The work packages included:
- Project Management
- Training Needs Analysis
- Competency Framework
- Materials Adaptation
- Technical Realisation
The TNA package included:
Literature Review in each country
Interviews with Entrepreneurs in each country
Interviews with Business Advisor (BA)
Interview with Govt Department representing Enterprise / Education
The TNA report can be downloaded at www.business-advisor.eu .
The Competency Framework Package included a two-day Worskshop with 10 BA's from Ireland. The workshop was based on the DACUM approach of Ohio University to examine key competencies /skills in specific roles. These results were verified through an online survey / interviews in partner countries.
The BA DACUM Chart, outlining key tasks and duties of BA's, can also be downloaded at www.business-advisor.eu .
The Pilot Test Results are available on the VETBA website
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Products created include:
- Official website, www.business-advisor.eu
- 6 Modules (How to write a Case Study, Business Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Business Planning, and Business Coaching)
- VETBA Brochure
- Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BusinessAdvisorTraining
- TNA Report
- DACUM Chart / Competency Framework Document