Title Get Mobile: Guidance and European Training in Mobility Opportunities for Business - Inspiring Lifelong Learning and Enterprise
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-430
Product Needs Analysis Report: SMEs
Title Needs Analysis Report: SMEs
Product Type procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Marketing Text Summary report on the needs of SMEs and Microbusinesses with regards to the provision of support and information/training services related to hosting mobility placements. (See Annex 4 This Report was produced by the Icelandic, Italian, Turkish and UK partners.
Target group Mobility programmes intermediaries; Placement supervisors; Chambers of Commerce; SMEs & Microbusinesses; Mobility funding programme managers; Business networks.
The results of this report fed directly into the development of the Best Practice Guidelines Handbook, therefore has contributed strongly to the overall project objectives as it has allowed the partnership to develop a product specifically designed around the users needs. The desk research explored where SMEs currently access the labour market and focus groups with SMEs (some of which had previously taken placements from abroad and some who had not) explored what advice/support was needed in order to encourage more businesses to explore this opportunity further.
There was a discussion of the similarities/differences seen across countries. Common gaps were identified: e.g. language barriers, lack of information on mobility, lack of awareness of channels where organisations can advertise placement opportunities. Through sharing findings in this way partners were therefore able to identify a gap in the market which Get Mobile can look to fill.
Partners also discovered the possibility to develop alumni networks to establish contacts between universities and SMEs. There is a possibility to exploit social media for this purpose.
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Product Languages English