Industry 4.0 is expected to boost the productivity and value added of European industries and stimulate economic growth. As part of its new Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission wants to help all industrial sectors exploit new technologies and manage a transition to a smart, Industry 4.0 industrial system.
Most of the currently available VET programs do not foresee the development of the mentioned skills. Therefore, the project Consortium has identified the need to build on the content and resources within, for VET learners to acquire adequate competences to participate on the labour market in the Industry 4.0 sector. An additional challenge is that start uppers are very busy persons, expecting training on practical and time-saving solutions, which they could immediately apply in their professional environments. The project results to be delivered will be tailored to meet these requirements.
The project aim is to strengthen the quality of start-uppers, young entrepreneurs and VET providers, and enhance their professional development through improving digital entrepreneurship competences, as well as give them the opportunity to validate these competences and adapt to VET environment.
Start-uppers’ experience is commonly analysed across countries, because they operate in specific, mostly high-tech sectors, and their scope of activity is often transitional. That is the first reason, why this project is under implementation within transnational partnership. The second one is the experience and background of entities involved in the project (related with start-ups, collaborating with or supporting them),
which have to be joined to create synergies.
Main TARGET GROUPS
The target groups in this project are Start-uppers, Young entrepreneurs, as well as VET Teachers and VET providers from Poland, Lithuania Spain, Cyprus, Portugal and Slovakia.
1.1. IO1 – Curriculum for VET providers – “Digital, Modern Entrepreneurship it’s your best chance!”- extended curriculum containing the aim, the objectives, the rationale, the content with the description of the 7 modules, duration of the training course, forms and methods of delivery, the learning outcomes and the validation tool for VET providers, references.
The aim of the curriculum is to define the framework for developing the training modules under the second project output (IO2).
Additionally, this program is devoted to the development of VET providers and VET Teachers in the field of validation of digital entrepreneurship competences. The size of the program will be about 70 pages. This program is devoted to enhance start-uppers professional development through improving digital entrepreneurship competences, as well as give them the opportunity to validate these competences and adapt to VET environment.
1.2. IO2 – Digital training materials for start-uppers – set of Open Educational Resources (OERs) with m-learning interface containing training materials for start-uppers and consisting of 7 modules:
- ‘Digital start-ups’ vs ‘Digital scale-ups’,
- Circular economy in your start-up,
- Digital Lifestyle entrepreneurship,
- Internet of Thing in entrepreneurial practice,
- Infrastructures of sensors in daily business usage,
- Analytics algorithms for customers Big Data,
- Cybersecurity in your start-up.
The major innovation of the SAVE start-ups project is that it gives the opportunity to the targeted groups to enhance their digital skills, emphasising on concepts like Digital Entrepreneurship, IoT in entrepreneurial practice, Circular Economy and how start-ups can embrace this concept.
The SAVE start-ups partnership constitutes of representatives from Poland (RARR and Danmar), Spain (Sea Tech), Lithuania (SIF), Portugal (Mindshift), Cyprus (GrantXpert) and Slovakia (TUKE) – organizations experienced in impacting on societies lacking sufficient skills or resources.
The Partners have implemented projects aimed to start-ups, new business models and education. The main dividing line is, that this project (unlike other projects) is focused not only on target groups that want to establish or develop their own start-up, but also on young entrepreneurs and their VET trainers or providers. This is an example of a systemic approach to the problem of start-ups staff education, as well as developing the Entrepreneurial Digital Competencies.