Enhancing Digital Entrepreneurship
of Micro Enterprises
in Rural Areas
in a Post Pandemic World
MICRO2 is a project within
ERASMUS+ KA220-VET - Cooperation
partnerships in vocational
education and training
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.
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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