Digitalization is amongst the various challenges that European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) face in today’s
climate. A major number of SMEs, report that they do not possess basic digital skills, resulting in a positive link between
digital skill levels and turnover growth.
SMEs deal with several difficulties towards developing an online presence, they have a lack of awareness about the benefits and opportunities available related to digital resources, they are not familiar with digital platforms implementation, they do not have the solid knowledge to understand and assess digitalization transformation, digital formations, and online tools and platforms, and thus, they do not engage in Industry 4.0.
The DIGITUP project aims to develop an innovative a training course, a serious game, and assessment tools that will make it practical for VET educators and teachers to train and transform managers of SMEs and self-entrepreneurs into the future managers, armed with cutting-edge digital skills that will enable them to achieve digital transformation using Industry 4.0 frameworks and BIC technologies.
Through the DigitUp project, the participants will have access to and use innovative teaching and learning practices. By supporting measures that strengthen ecosystems and structurally increase the supply of necessary skills, as well as facilitate organizational development and high performance, European SMEs can adopt disruptive tech-based practices in greater numbers.
In terms of supporting vocational education and training DIGITUP project pursuits to strengthen capacity among VET educators in implementing technological, digital, and other skills addressing their need to adopt also new knowledge upon digital transformation, including innovative pedagogic and educational methods, building also a network of qualified VET educators.
DIGITUP project is expected to have a significant impact on the project participants, partners, target groups as well as regional and national stakeholders, and the project countries. Project’s target group (e.g. SMEs’ managers, self- entrepreneurs, managers and supervisors of small businesses) are expected to be equipped with all the necessary digital skills and modern capabilities, participating in a series of piloting activities.
The activities of the project will lead to a positive long-term impact on the target groups in that it will prepare them with the necessary means to identify the types of digital skills that are highly demanded by SMEs and self- enterprises.
Impact of DIGITUP project at the local, regional and national level:
ensure the access to and use of innovative teaching and learning practices by the users
increase and enhance public debate about digital skills and knowledge over cutting edge technologies for SMEs, microbusinesses, and self-enterprises
support and encourage an entrepreneurial environment that emphasizes on digital skills
encourage SMEs to engage in “Industry 4.0” activities through assessment tools and the DIGITUP serious game
raise awareness and offer up-to-date knowledge to VET educators and trainers relevant to BIC technologies and digital skills indicators/ roadmaps.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that might be made of the information contained therein.2022-1-CZ01-KA220-VET- 000086461