On August 2020 the Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (Erasmus+ National Agency in Germany) communicated the approval of the AKKUEurope – regulation of the work ability in SMEs through multimedia tools proposal, under the KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.
The aim of the AKKUEurope project is the systematic development and testing of a multimedia toolbox suitable for the target group on the basis of existing instruments, together with the owners and employees of selected SME companies.
SMEs play an important role in the European economy but are particularly affected by a shortage of young talent, as they are unable to compete with the services offered by Medium-Sized Enterprises and large companies in various respects (e.g. job security, pay levels, promotion opportunities). SME can and must react to this by paying special attention to maintaining the workability and employability of their existing workforces. In addition to the classic occupational health and safety measures, measures for the preventive maintenance of work and employability must be implemented to a greater extent, so that employees can and want to carry out their work until the planned retirement age. A comprehensive promotion of work ability can help to close this gap.
In this context, Partners will carry out a series of well-defined activities that will lead to the production of tangible and operational results, such as:
- Analysis of existing instruments in the partner countries
- Adaptation of the instruments and completion of the toolbox
- Test phase of the toolbox in the company
- Media implementation of the instruments
AKKUEurope results will be practical and relevant solutions for micro and small businesses, available in multilingual versions, free and without restrictions through the OER platform. AKKUEurope will be co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission and will last 24 months between 2020/22. The project has been submitted and will be implemented by a partnership of seven organisations from six European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland and Spain).
In the project, IHF will provide technical, operational and management contributions, being involved in all activities and “stages” of implementation to contribute to the production of deliverables and outputs. Moreover, IHF will be proactively involved in securing the engagement of target groups and stakeholders in project activities throughout the most relevant stages of analysis, development and deployment and piloting.
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