ERIC Number: ED337628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Dossier on Completed and Ongoing Activities in the Field of "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises." (First Review 1986-1990).
CEDEFOP Flash, n3 Oct 1991
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training's (CEDEFOP) activities and research relating to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have focused on three areas of action: (1) development of training for SMEs; (2) information on the training provision available in the member states; and (3) promotion of the exchange and partnerships in the field of training and research. The competitiveness of small and medium enterprises depends on training policies. Three priority training measures are as follows: training of SME employees; provision of information, advice, and assistance to SMEs; and exchange of experience and cooperation. CEDEFOP developed guides on management training in order to transform training needs into demand and establish a balance between training supply and training demand. Following some promotion and development schemes, evaluation/application activities were launched. Information was collected on training provisions, management training, existing databases, and distance learning enterprises. Promotion of information exchange and partnerships has occurred in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and other European nations. The report concludes with eight observations by SME experts collaborating with CEDEFOP. These observations concern not only the activities of the Centre, but also the whole set-up of community action for SMEs and are included for their value to the commission's reflections on the programs it is now implementing. Seventeen references are included.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (Germany).
Identifiers: Belgium; France; Germany; Italy; Luxembourg; Spain