The SKILLS+ project aims to improve the competitiveness of micro-enterprises in ICT sector by introducing a soft skills development programme, and to encourage sustainable development of these companies.
The objectives of SKILLS+ include needs analysis; sharing best practices and methodologies for the development of soft skills; adaptation of existing development programmes and materials and complementing them with new materials to create a new, tailored, multilingual programme specifically and directly aimed at "people skills" development in micro-sized ICT firms; developing an e-learning platform; testing and evaluation; creation of local and international networking and cooperation opportunities for the target group and stakeholders; dissemination and preparation of appropriate mechanisms/processes for further exploitation of project results. The SKILLS+ e-learning platform will focus on the soft skills most needed by people in micro-companies of ICT sector (based on desk research and needs analysis to be performed) and will include different types of learning resources and tools - the more "traditional" reading resources will be supported by real-world, decision-making scenarios exercises, which based on recent research keep learners engaged and motivated.

Another innovative concept to be employed is the so-called single-concept learning or “thin slicing”. Considering the short attention spans so common today, single concept or bite-size learning focuses on one behavior change, one narrow concept and one slim goal at a time. Thin slicing is about isolating a single learning concept and, with very limited information, delivering a powerful impact. The SKILLS+ learning programme will thus be made of small e-learning "snacks" that demonstrate how specific skill works in different situations. This will make e-learning more attractive and accessible for the target group. Then the learning experience will be integrated into a blended learning intervention (e.g. a mix of managerial coaching and instructor-led training), which will provide multiple paths for participants to get the message.

The project will be implemented by a consortium of 6 partners from 5 European countries spanning from North to South of Europe (Romania, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Norway). It includes organisations involved in training, consulting, research, business incubation, association activities, thus allowing to combine different views and experiences and achieve the expected impact of the project. The main outcomes will be the SKILLS+ Development Programme, learning resources and e-learning platform in Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Dutch, Norwegian and English, which will be tested and validated in all project countries. The project will also produce a number of resources and tools that will be used for dissemination (project website, e-leaflets, newsletters) and will help to promote the project and exploit its results.
The primary target group of the project are employers and employees of micro-enterprises in ICT sector. The project will help to significantly increase their access to training and will improve their competences in the area of soft skills. At least 75 persons will participate in pilot training; at least 1000 will be informed about the SKILLS+ and the e-learning platform with open learning resources available free of charge. It will contribute to competitiveness and development of this type of businesses in partner countries.
The results and outputs of the project will also allow the partners of the consortium to open up new areas for training and support services. It is expected that after the completion of the project the results could also be "exported" to the other geographical areas of Europe.

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Financial support: European Commission, Erasmus + programme

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