The sufficiency of the funds

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    • #1559
      Francesc Colome

        The sufficiency of the funds will depend on the capacity of each State.We can describe three scenarios:

        Scenario 1: Continuist: The Expectative of recovery the activity is based on the same parameters of the pre-pandemic.

        Scenario 2: Adaptive: The pandemic has produced changes that need to be addressed.

        Scenario 3: Transformer: We can recover the activity from the new parameters that has accelerated the pandemic.
        If we adopt the first scenario we will be in the subsidized situation. No change no transformation, only wait for one future which never will return. The funds never will be enough.

        If we adopt the second scenario we will try to fix the situation without structural changes but trying to adapt to the new challenges (which will probably change in a continuous way). We would need new funds again and again.

        If we adopt the third scenario, structural transformations, the funds will help us to face the new situation and prepare the future.
        In any case the second and third scenarios need a very strong training and resekilling mesures.

      • #1573
        Ioanna Makri

          In order to enrich the dialogue regarding funds I would say that there is also the other side of the coin. Training and retraining shouldn’t be the unique answer to increase productivity or to reduce unemployment. Investments for the creation of jobs by giving motives, creating clusters should be the answer so that SME won’t get lost.  Furthermore, main aim of training is the upgrading of skills. But we should also take into consideration that there aren’t enough jobs that can adapt the existing skills.

          Regarding question:

          Did pandemic change the optimal mix of funding between eco-digital considerations?

          Our NRRP suggests training in digital skills before the entrance to the labour market.  This is a positive direction because as we notice, at the beginning of the pandemic, many organizations, schools, teachers, pupils weren’t ready to face technology challenges.


        • #1746

            Dear Francesc,  I  share completely your analysis in particular if  SME and craft organizations/VET Providers will  decide to more be active and propositive component of structural economic transformation and deep reform processes  in the different sectors of the economy and society.

            We  need to constantly upskill and reskill the workforce by craft SMEs based on specific sectors  skill need analysis at national level and macro sector analysis at EU cluster levels .  SMEs clusters and most sensible and vulnerable specific  craft/SMEs sectors should not be excluded in aggregating Industrial  ecosystems and   funds/specific programs should be conceived at EU/national level towards EU VET Excellences strategies with more harmonized training standards, circular economy proximity small business products/services,  inclusive of SMEs value added in more open and  sustainable  global value chains.

            80% of firms experience lack and will lack of skilled staff in the near future as an obstacle to their investment and growth. Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) is crucial and highly necessary to support small enterprises in the future” as mentioned in CRAFT VET last conference by SMEunited President.

            I agree with Ioanna when she mentions that Investments for the creation of jobs by giving motives, creating clusters should be the answer so that SME won’t get lost. We  need as VET providers with SMEs organizations and social partners at  EU/National/regional level to act accordingly to prepare the ideal environment to Exchange mutual learning multi sector, multi Language, training skills and practices, up skilling programs for employee and entrepreneurs/clusters, technological pratices with public/private educational systems and EU/national technological/research partnership, users of learning and training platforms, local community partners.


          • #1836

              I totally agree. The sufficiency of the funds will depend on each country, their needs, their scenarios and their priorizations. Even so, it’s so recommendable and needed to invest in green economy and digitalization and implement VET policies to achieve these aims.

            • #1897
              Eric Oliver

                In order to use these funds correctly I suggest we adress them to:

                – Recovery from the pandemic

                – Upskilling and reskilling of employees regarding digitalization and ecological skills

                – Economic promotion of new SME’s that work in ecological and digital areas

                – More cooperation between SME’s and CVET providers in order to make easier the identification of knowledge gaps or any other kind of necessities according to each sector


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