European and national projects in the vocational and adult education - SME 2.0 project closing conference

SME 2.0 consortium organised the final conference on the 13th of September in 2013 at Szent István University, Gödöllő. The aim of the conference was to disseminate the results of SME 2.0 project and to share experiences on European Leonardo da Vinci  - LLP. projects, transfer of innovations in the field of the vocational and adult education. The audience - teachers from Hungarian vocational schools, professors from universities, SME 2.0 project partners and the members of the Innolearn Cluster - could see presentations on eight  closing/starting or running LdV projects, and summaries on the European trends, initiatives related to the vocational and adult education, like EQF and the ongoing development of it's Hungarian implementation: on the Hungarian Quailification Framework.

A short evaluation of the SME 2.0 course

SME 2.0  "Web tools in the  SMS’s " course did not set the goal to offer an integrated business information curriculum. The course intended to teach basic Web 2.0 tools as well as provided background material to all participants to create your own business solutions. The central communication forum (called Agora) supported the technical implementation of web 2.0 tools. However, the participants' comments are very useful  as a supplementary professional curriculum. In the Agora we have a lot of best practicies, e.g. professional website and blogs.  The good examples enriched the course contents itself. Thus, the participants had the opportunity to use a peer-to-peer connectivistic learning method.

SME 2.0 closing conference

Last meeting in Budapest

Date SME: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 21:00 to Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 12:00

R13 uploaded

The study on the opportunity to build EU dimesion into SME 2.0 courses - was today uploaded into the Documents. Available also from "Products".

Date SME: 
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 18:00

Italian version of the pilot course "Managing information on the web" is open.

Italian version of the pilot course "Managing information on the web" is open. The course will start in the second week of May 2013.

Further information on the Italian course!

We share the enrollment form in Google Drive !

You can register to join to the course here:

Pilot courses have started both in Hungary and Italy!

Pilot courses have started already. Visit both the learning portal and the course portal and check out the newsest learning materials and activities!

Find the free learning contents about free IT tools for entrepreneurs on the SMEPRO source portal and SME 2.0 Course portal!

SMEs approach 2013 with cause for cautious optimism on growth

NEARLY half of SMEs are anticipating growing profits this year, according to new research from South Wales Chamber of Commerce.

Its latest Quarterly Economic Survey sponsored by the chartered accountants, Broomfield and Alexander, shows that almost half (48%) of small and medium-sized businesses from Newport, Swansea, Cardiff and Mid Wales are expecting to increase their profitability during the next 12 months, with more than a third (35%) expecting to maintain their current levels.

The positive response from businesses comes with the news that sales figures for many of those trading on the UK market have continued to improve over the last quarter, with more than three-quarters (76%) of businesses either increasing their sales or maintaining consistent figures. Almost three-quarters (74%) have also reported that advanced custom has remained consistent or increased during the period, up on the Q3 figures of 72%.

European Business Forum on Vocational Training

On 7 and 8 June 2012 the European Commission organised in Brussels the first European business forum on vocational training in order to discuss the "challenges and trends in skills and career development of the European workforce" with participation of the representatives of the EU Commission and experts of the field from almost every EU country. 

Hungarian construction companies in Germany

Hungarian construction companies (SMEs) had estimated revenue of EUR 350m from operations in Germany in 2011, up almost 10pc from 2010, and could achieve 7% growth this year, according to a survey by the National Association of Hungarian Construction Enterprises (EVOSZ). An average 500 companies with about 8,000 employees work in Germany, the survey based on interviews with 250 companies shows.

Half of the companies’ revenue came from Germany. 30% of the companies said they had outstanding debt in Germany, but this only accounted for 5.8% of their revenue, far less than the percentage typical in Hungary. 62% of the companies said their market position in Germany improved over the past twelve months. EVOSZ made the survey on the first anniversary of the phasing out of limitations on Hungarian businesses’ construction work in Germany.


NSN Skills for the Future - presentation of the SME 2.0 and TeNeGEN project!

During the Danish EU Presidency decision makers within education, the social partners and project coordinatorsdiscussed how to create better skills for the future labour market. The aim of the “Skills for the Future” conference was too gather experience and present results from more than two years of work in the New Skills Network.

Registration were limited, because each of the 15 partner countries in the New Skills Network had places reserved for the network´s final conference, and also for representatives of best practice projects.


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