About the project
Addressing digital transformation
MICRO 2 aims to enhance the capacity of rural microenterprises to tackle digital and business transformation accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic by developing training resources tailored to rural microenterprises facing capacity constraints to embrace digital opportunity.
Inclusion & diversity in all fields of education & training
MICRO2 promotes social inclusion and improve outreach to people with fewer opportunities, including people living in rural and remote areas.
Local, National and European Level
The consortium will seek the direct involvement of stakeholders at local, national and EU level to promote the mainstreaming at strategic level especially in Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Spain
Increase flexibility of opportunities in VET
MICRO2 is precisely designed to “develop flexible VET programmes to close existing gaps in access to training for working age adults”. Our training is for people in rural areas working in microenterprises, already burdened with limited access to VET opportunity.
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Why this project?
Small and micro-enterprises in rural Europe are the ones facing the greatest challenges in sustaining their digital transition.
MICRO 2 Digital aims to address the pressing need to support microenterprises in rural areas to embrace digital transformation by tackling the issue of digital competences and skills of their staff.
Moreover, MICRO 2 Digital aims to enhance the responsiveness and coherence of the VET system in rural areas to meet increasing demand for digital competences by upgrading service provision and also by the latest update DigComp 2.2 released in March 2022.
The training contents will be defined on the basis of the results of Work Package n.2 “MICRO 2 Digital Model”, which will provide a benchmark of DigComp and EntreComp competences for microenterprises in rural areas and will provide the necessary outputs to combine them with the identified topics mentioned above.
The MICRO 2 Digital project is proud to announce the successful development of the WP2 MICRO 2 Digital Model, a ground-breaking solution focused on analysing and assessing the most sought-after digital competences for microenterprises in rural areas in a post-pandemic era. The MICRO 2 Digital project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU Commission, aims to advance digital competences and skills of microenterprises in rural areas as an engine for growth, employment and social empowerment. The partnership includes four organisations from four European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Spain). Through meticulous research and analysis, during the activities for WP2, the team has mapped the post-pandemic trends and digital skill gaps within rural microenterprises. This comprehensive understanding will allow partners to develop innovative training courses tailored to the identified training needs. Central to the development of the WP2 MICRO 2 Digital Model was the benchmarking process with established EU frameworks, specifically with DigComp 2.2 and EntreComp. By leveraging these existing frameworks, the project team ensured that the digital competences selected in the model align with European standards, fostering cohesion and compatibility across borders. One of the key deliverables of the WP2 and the project is the creation of the Digital Microenterprises Matrix. This matrix provides a systematic overview of the essential digital competences required for microenterprises in rural areas. By offering a structured approach, the Digital Microenterprises Matrix enables microenterprises to identify and prioritise the areas where they need to build their digital capabilities. There areas will be addressed by the MICRO 2 Digital Training Courses – during the development of the Work Package 3 (WP3) of the project. The basis of this Matrix was the development of three country-specific reports (for Ireland, Italy and Spain) and of a pan-EU snapshot, providing valuable insights into the digital landscape of microenterprises in different countries and regions. These four reports serve as essential resources for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and microenterprises themselves, fostering informed decision-making and strategic planning. In addition to these deliverables, the following were developed within the MICRO 2 Digital Model: • A Composite Report combining the four specific reports into a single document • An Executive Summary in multilanguage version (English, Italian and Spanish) summarising the main results of all reports and the entire Digital Model • A Common Knowledge Bank which constitutes the sources on which the research and analysis were based, representing the union of the literature reviews (bibliography + sitography) of each report • 16 including Case Studies and Good Practices in multilanguage version (English, Italian and Spanish) to provide practical examples of digital entrepreneurship of microenterprises in a post pandemic world For more information on WP2 deliverables, visit the direct link: www.digitalmicro2.eu/digitalmodel In addition, the deliverables themselves will soon be accessible in a smart and fast manner with the help of a chat assistant – the Chatbot – that the partnership is integrating into the project platform. For any further information on MICRO 2 Digital project: www.digitalmicro2.euRead More
MICRO 2 aims to enhance the capacity of rural microenterprises to tackle digital and business transformation accelerated by the pandemic by developing training resources tailored to rural microenterprises facing capacity constraints to embrace digital opportunity. This will improve the business potential of rural micro enterprises to play a societal and economical role in their local area. Micro Enterprises already face inherent barriers for technology and digital adaptation due to their size and capacity. Those in rural areas face even more challenges due to geographical isolation from clusters and distance from opportunities such as networking, collaborations and training. The digital gap is 14% lower for rural micro enterprises at 48%. Micro enterprises are a key employer in rural areas and by supporting them to improve their digitalization will help them to grow and create more employment. In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, and develop: Develop a resilient Digital Model for micro-enterprises in rural areas Map existing Government policies, agencies, and case studies in each partnering country and at EU level. Development of Multilanguage Training Programme - English, Italian and Spanish Build & Maintenance of the Micro 2 Digital Warehouse Platform - Open, Multilanguage and Flexible Digital Platform The meeting took place in Brussels, hosted by the Belgian Partner, IHF. The partners have all worked together on previous projects so were able to get straight in to analysing the details of the project plan and define roles and responsibilities to implement project objectives. The partners also discussed and agreed the visual identity of the project by choosing the logo and the website domain that will be online very soon. An action list was defined at the end of the meeting so that all that partners are on the same page in terms of activities, responsibilities and deadlines. MICRO 2 Digital is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission with a duration of 18 months between November 2022 to April 2024. The project will be implemented by a partnership of four organisations from four European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Spain).Read More