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Project B-WISE

B-WISE

The general aim of B-WISE project is to develop and implement a new strategic approach (Blueprint) to sectoral cooperation on skills needed to reinforce the empowering work of WISEs in strengthening the skills and competences of disadvantaged groups and to sustainably tackle the digitalisation challenges they face. The project will achieve it by building a sustainable European Sectoral Skills Strategy for the WISEs sector that brings together all stakeholders to undertake transformational change. This Alliance will create more informed intersectoral collaboration between WISEs sector representatives, VET providers and authorities and pursue the following specific objectives.

The purpose of the Project Management Plan is to provide a single point of reference on the structures, procedures, and tools that will help to govern and manage the B-WISE project. This document should be a handbook to be accessed frequently by partners to understand the management procedures of this project.

Procedures for preparation and submission of deliverables, internal progress reporting, meetings, and management of risks are described. Finally, key tools are listed which will primarily be used to manage and share project documents, and to assign and monitor tasks; project registries and other internal records; and communication. Templates have been defined to facilitate the project team in preparing internal and external project documentation. This document will be reviewed and updated as necessary with the implementation of the project and will be stored on Teams.

Project objectives:

  • To develop a common methodology for assessing the current situation and anticipating future needs
  • To identifying existing and emerging sector-specific labour market needs (demand side) and to analyse the responsiveness of existing initial and continuing VET systems to the labour market needs (supply side).
  • To identify, document and promote good practices at national and regional level aiming at addressing skills shortages and mismatches as well as fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • To identify occupational profiles that need to be revised or created and their corresponding skill needs as well as the required proficiency level
  • To respond to identified skills needs (especially in digital area) through recommendations to create/update transnational vocational training content, as well as teaching and training methodologies
  • To produce a credible & sustainable plan on how to match demand and supply of identified skills
  • To build a strong and sustainable community supporting an alliance to reduce skill shortages, gaps and mismatches and to ensure appropriate quality and level of skills to support growth, innovation and competitiveness in the sector
  • To design a long-term action plan for the progressive roll-out of the Sectorial Skills Strategy after the project has finished.
  • To promote the attractiveness of the WISE sector as a career choice and to raise awareness on the importance of the use of digital technologies to support disadvantaged groups in work placement

News

B-WISE project workshops in April

04.2022

The NASOR team took part in workshops on the B-WISE project, which took place on April 28 and 29. The results of the past activity were discussed, the link to the preparation of a summary report of WISEs sector ‘scenarios’ – Activity T2.1 and the preparation of an analysis of current and future skills needs in the form of ‘scenarios’ as a basis for a strategy for more further activities in order to prioritize and define action steps.

The lead partners systematized all the submitted results to present the overall picture in Europe. Within the framework of the meeting, numerous discussions, joint tasks and activities were held, which allowed all participants of the project to discuss in great detail related to all the challenges facing social enterprises and people with different types of objections. Different scenarios were played out, through which each partner revealed the specifics of all types of WISE profiles characteristic of his social environment.

The lead partners present the definitions of the Personas and the scenarios to be developed within the next project activities.

The prepared reports were discussed in methodological aspects, emphasizing the benefits, advantages, disadvantages and challenges of technology and digitalization in the social sector. The digital skills that end-users should acquire in their daily lives and how they would affect disabled people and their employment across the economy.

Successful models from Austria, Italy, Greece and Latvia were presented, providing excellent tools to introduce a wide audience to the characteristics of WISE social enterprises and their activities. A mandatory emphasis is also the legislative framework, government assistance and public investments in the sector.

All of the members are actively involved in the open discussion on successful issues and apply their expertise and observations, within a few minutes each of us thought to give suggestions to improve social enterprises in the current environment. Also presented are ideas from the entrepreneurial environment in Latvia and support initiatives in Italy linked to multi-million euro investors aimed at improving the conditions for the development of the WISE organization.

Spain shared statistics showing the huge number of individuals who are in social enterprises in its territory, who have the chance to upgrade their qualifications and develop skills in their chosen sectors. Also important is the focus on competitiveness and the highly competitive environment in which WISEs are made, especially after the upheavals caused by the covid pandemic and its economic consequences.

Two workshops of B-WISE project partners took place

03.2022

In the past week, two B-WISE project workshops were held, where the last activities of work package 1, with a deadline of 31 March 2022 respectively, were discussed, and then the next activities of work packages 2 to 10 were explained with relevant presentations and discussions.

All partners participated in group discussion rooms in which they had the opportunity to share experiences and observations about the social and economic framework of the Social Enterprise model (class A and A+), the legislative and administrative bureaucracy that accompany socially responsible employers and their activities in Bulgaria.

Part of the upcoming tasks is the finalization of the so-called Country fiche report for each of the participating countries, which is a de facto mapping and characterization of WISE sectors and sub-sectors for each project partner country. (Task 1.2 For the preliminary analysis of WISEs and the institutional context). Additional mapping of skills needs and gaps, especially in the digital domain, was carried out in the WISEs sector across Europe – covering the three target groups (field studies in 13 participating countries). Between 28 September and 30 November 2021, an empirical analysis was carried out using questionnaires developed by EURICSE with the support of partners. The empirical analysis is complete: 403 questionnaires were collected through face-to-face interviews and 175 through the online survey (Task 1.3 Mapping of skill needs and gaps, especially in digital area).

10 of the best practices from 8 countries were selected under the B-WISE project

03.2022

The B-WISE project partners presented 34 good practices, which were then reviewed by an ad hoc committee coordinated by EASPD (ArberitPlus, De Omslag, SENT, ENSIE and Scuola Centrale Formatione).

The selection of the 10 best practices was selected based on the committee’s evaluations.

Smart support stations for work and training with augmented reality

 

Smart assistive Augmented Reality work and training stations

ABZ*Digi-Cafés

Online shadowing practice in Latvia

Pilot MBO Praktijkleren – Roetz Bikes

Digi+

Zero-Coercion educational package

UTILDECO

Knowledge Alliance Inclusion and Technology

Digital Workplace

ENTELIS+ Digital Accessibility

EASPD produced a draft report on the 10 best practices, which was reviewed by EURICSE and ENSIE. It will be finalized by the end of March.

The final study report is in progress. It consists of 7 different sections that bring together the main findings of WP1.

The first section is an introduction. The second section is about the specifics and added value of WISE. The aim is to explore the determinants and specificity of WISES, why did WISEs emerge? What is the impact they generate among society? This section was made by reviewing the literature and country fact sheets. The third section focuses on the integration models and specifics of WISE. This section is supplemented by fields to understand how work-based learning takes place. Once this is done, the aim is to explore the diverse integration models experimented by WISE across Europe: a permanent model, a transitional model or a mixed model. Following these models, the challenges and advantages WISE found in developing these models will be explained. The fourth section is a mapping of WISE across Europe (typologies, characteristics and resources) in terms of legal forms, characteristics and resources. It also contains target groups and areas of activity, as well as access to a mix of resources. The fifth section is the transition from traditional labor policies to WISE, aiming to analyze the specific trends and patterns that countries follow. Section number six contains WISE’s target groups and skills gaps. The seventh section will focus on technology and digital skills gaps in WISE, through literature review, F2F survey, ONL survey. This section will focus mainly on technology skills and will be contextualized by an external researcher.

The program related to work package 2, each of the steps included in the package, the activities and the expected results against the set deadlines were thoroughly discussed. The remaining work packages (from 3 to 10) were described in detail, with each participant having a say in suggestions and additions to the program.

 

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