ERIC Number: ED464206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Funding Continuing Training in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Discussion and Case Studies from across the EU. CEDEFOP Panorama Series.
Pukkinen, Tommi; Romijn, Clemens; Elson-Rogers, Sarah
There are three main parts to this report of a study that used case studies to showcase the different approaches used to encourage more continuing training within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the European Union (EU). Section 1 discusses the importance of funding training in SMEs and highlights the various types of funding available. The second section explains how various schemes work in Europe, using case studies from Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Section 3 discusses the case studies in terms of their characteristics and indicators of effectiveness. Conclusions on the effectiveness of funding strategies include the following: (1) there is a need to use one-stop training centers; (2) the smallest enterprises are often the most effective in training; (3) flexibility is key to many of the strategies in terms of prioritizing support for small and very small enterprises; (4) the success of a training effort depends on its promotion; and (5) application and registration procedures should be as simple as possible. (Contains 85 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Continuing Education, Corporate Education, Cost Effectiveness, Developed Nations, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Entrepreneurship, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Labor Force Development, Nonschool Educational Programs, On the Job Training, Organization Size (Groups), Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Publicity, School Business Relationship, Small Businesses, Training Methods
CEDEFOP, P.O. Box 22427, Thessaloniki, GR-55102 Greece (Stock no. 5124 EN). Tel: 30-31-49-01-11; Fax: 30-31-49-01-02; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.trainingvillage.gr/. For full text: http://www2.trainingvillage.gr/download/publication/panorama /5124 _en.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).