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Oct 2015

GROW International publishes Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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The GROW International project has produced a Best Practices Guide for SME internationalisation, to share the expertise acquired during each partner’s pilot phase. The Best Practice Guide includes some cases studies, the training methodology and resources used, as well as lessons learned from each pilot. To read more and to download the Best Practices Guide, please see the following link:
GROW International Best Practices

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Apr 2014

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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GROW International aims at transferring the methodology of “Doing business international”, an internationalisation training course addressed to traditional SMEs and craft firms that was developed under the previous LdV project “Doing Businesses International for SME (DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147150).

As a TOI project, GROW International seeks to produce both a sectorial and geographical transfer of the course.

From a sectorial perspective, the project will adapt its results in order to support innovative SMEs and NTBFs. Even though these types of companies have a strong knowledge-based component they still suffer, in their vast majority, of difficulties to understand foreign cultures, to dominate English as the international business language, to know foreign legal business rules and legislation, or to understand other IPR systems. These firms also have difficulties to find specific human resources with skills to support their internationalisation, either because they are not available in the market or because firms cannot afford additional staff.

The focal point of the previous LdV project was the Baltic Sea region. GROW International aims at adapting the course to South-West and Mediterranean Europe, promoting internationalisation for firms in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Furthermore, once the methodology has been implemented in the South-western and Mediterranean European area, the project plans to promote internationalisation between SMEs in this area and the Baltic Sea region.

Specific objectives of the project are:

  • Development and update of the methodology and existing results of “Doing business international”, with the inclusion of new modules and adapting the content to the realities of South-western and Mediterranean European countries;
  • Creation of a specific training path and a learning tool for managers and employees of innovative SMEs and NTBFs, to be used as guide for firms’ internationalisation. It will also be available to others who may be interested, such as unemployed people aiming to reinforce their skills in order to find new jobs, students and any others interested in supporting internationalization processes and in developing internationalisation strategies together with basic skills such as foreign language and cultural diversity;
  • Awareness raising and skills development for professionals to understand and be prepared to take advantage of the European and global market business and employment opportunities;
  • Development of an online tool and additional learning materials to support access to the course suitable to all user needs, allowing anyone to learn anywhere and anytime;
  • Test methodologies and developed materials in order to recommend best practices, warn of potential constraints and support the dissemination of the materials;
  • Transfer of additional results “Classification within the credit point system” and “Examination Regulations”. The transfer of these results aims to become the basis for the development of tools for the validation of the course and influence of the VET system for each partner country.

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Apr 2014

IMPACT & RESULTS

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The project will:

  • Widen the professionals’ opportunities, open to all citizens at a European level, promoting the mobility and the access to better jobs;
  • Contribute to the generalized use of foreign languages and the fluency in an universal language between citizens and companies from different State Members;
  • Raise awareness of the European multiculturalism, promote its understanding and contribute to the creation of an European identity among citizens;
  • Contribute to the development of the Single Market concept, promoter of the free mobility of people and goods in Europe;
  • Promote improvement of citizens quality of life, in particular among unemployed citizens, by fostering the development of competencies and skills that contribute to achieve better jobs, at an European level;
  • Encourage the qualification of HR inside companies, contributing to the innovation and competitiveness of firms, markets and Europe
  • Promote the commercial cooperation among several European countries, in particular those in the South-west and Mediterranean area, and reinforce their economy;
  • Develop tools and contents that allow access to general expertise and participation, promoting the share and the transfer of knowledge at European level.

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