Level Up: a new opportunity for SMEs to improve skills in the digital transformation process

Mar 31, 2023News

Training small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employees and management to cope with the needs of digital transformation: this is the goal that the Level Up project sets for the next 3 years.

The COVID-19 emergency has left negative consequences both in our personal lives and in many other aspects of daily life, and of course also in the business sector and the work of SMEs. In fact, to cope with the emergency, most SMEs had to adapt in a very short time, leaving major gaps in staff training. To meet these training needs – especially in a European context that promotes digital transformation – the Level Up project will enhance the staff of European SMEs with digital skills through the development and delivery of short- and long-term training courses.

The project was officially launched in Nicosia, Cyprus, on February 2 and 3, 2023. The first meeting was organized by GrantXpert Consulting, project coordinator, and hosted by European University Cyprus. Level Up is a joint initiative of seven renowned educational institutions from Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy and Finland, supported by seven business associations from Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Poland and Hungary.

The consortium has identified key capability areas, such as cybersecurity, data literacy, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), microelectronics/microcontrollers, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and 3D modeling, cloud, and programming, to design industry-focused training courses aimed at SMEs and job seekers. Level Up will offer a full range of more than 100 high-quality, industry-focused training courses, addressing the specific needs of SMEs. These courses will be made available to about 15,000 participants from 3,000 SMEs throughout the duration of the project.

In the coming months, we will analyze the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, in order to already offer the first courses at the national and European level as early as fall 2023.

Want to know more about the project? Download the first press release or contact Riccardo Bellavista: riccardo.bellavista@danilodolci.org.

Level Up – LEVEraging knowLedge of training providers in UPskilling and reskilling of SMEs’ managers and employees towards empowering their digital transformation is funded by the European Union’s Digital Europe (DIGITAL) Program and will be implemented from January 2023 to December 2025.


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For further information, please contact Riccardo Bellavista: riccardo.bellavista@danilodolci.org.