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Project SYNERGY: When SMEs succeed, Europe succeeds

ince 2008 Europe has been suffering the effects of the most severe economic crisis it has seen in 50 years. The majority of small and medium-sized enterprises have not been able to bounce back to their pre-crisis levels. New companies, especially SMEs represent the most important source of employment creating more than 4 million new jobs every year in Europe. However, a substantial number of EU Member States are still neglecting to take into the account the needs of SMEs thus creating a gap between vocational education professionals and owners/managers of micro-enterprises.

The SYNERGY project “Harnessing the Learning Assets Within the SME Business Community” with partners from Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Greece, Germany and Finland under the Erasmus + Program, was launched in September 2014 and will be completed in August 2014.

The aim of SYNERGY is “improve the quality and relevance of VET provision to micro-enterprises to support the transformation of the European economy into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by developing and implementing a bespoke learning environment for vocational education professionals and micro-enterprise owners to ensure the development of micro-enterprises and to enable this dynamic sector realize its true potential”. The objectives of SYNERGY are: (1) To support the development of a culture of learning within the micro-enterprise sector cultivating positive attitudes towards learning among micro-enterprise owners by ensuring that learning materials developed are relevant to their needs and appropriate to their learning preferences; (2) To support the continuous professional development of vocational education staff by providing a bespoke in-service training program that builds their knowledge and understanding of the business world and supports their work in non-traditional blended learning environments (3) To create a sense of community animating micro-enterprise owners and education service providers towards a common set of educational goals and objectives ensuring that service provision is tailored to address the needs of local businesses; (4) To design and implement a series of cost-effective, flexible, bespoke peer-to-peer learning micro-social networks to considerably increase the range and accessibility of educational services and supports; (5) To provide a suite of bespoke media-rich learning resources that address specific skill needs within the micro-enterprise sector identified through research with the target group; (6) To promote inter-cultural awareness and grow the potential for international business development for micro-enterprises by linking the on-line learning communities created in the different Member States.



LLPThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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[Project No: 2014‐1‐IE01‐KA202‐000355]