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B-WISE

Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills in Work Integration Social Enterprises

Project objectives

B-WISE aims to develop a European strategy to tackle the digital skills gaps in the Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs) sector. The project targets the skills needs of disadvantaged workers -with a distance to the labour market- their supporters (i.e. job coaches) and their managers. The project will also promote the attractiveness of the WISE sector as a career choice and it will raise awareness on the importance of the use of digital technologies to support disadvantaged groups in work placement.

Project main target groups:

  1. Disadvantaged employees
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Long-term unemployed
    • Migrants
    • NEETS (Persons not in Education nor in Employment or Training)
  2. Supporters
    • Job coaches
  3. Enablers
    • Managers

Outputs:

Output name

Who is it for?

What is it?

Aim? Objective? Solutions?

Planned publication

#1 Report on current situation of skills gaps in WISEs sector

Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

The report will identify occupational profiles and skills (especially digital skills) needed in the WISEs sector. It will also include collection of good practices from 13 countries.

For about the 1rst year of the project, the project partners will research the current situation in terms of skills gap - including a specific section of the needs analysis on digital skills - and determine the potential future needs in the WISE sector in Europe. This research will lay the ground for the roll out of the next stages of the project.

03/2022

#2 Report on skill needs (especially digital ones) in the WISEs sector

Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

The report will Identify occupational profiles that need to be revised or created and their corresponding skill needs as well as the required proficiency level.

The report will include a panorama of skill needs (especially digital ones) in the WISEs sector in order to bridge the data gap by using EU tools. It will compile present and future skill needs analysis into as a baseline to feed subsequent work packages and it will include recommendations on how to reduce the skills gaps in WISEs sector.

09/2022

#3 Report on Occupational Profiles in WISE sector

Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

Professional Profiles for the WISEs sector tackling 3 target groups: managers, supporters and employees

The identification of occupational profiles in WISEs sector will be the first milestone of the project and will be the baseline of all of the following results.

10/2022

#4 Learning Outcomes

Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

Learning Outcomes for each Occupational Profile will describe in depth knowledge, skills and competences for each Occupational Profile.
 

The Learning Outcomes will support the development of the VET curricula

11/2022

#5 VET curricula meeting skills gaps and needs

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

Three universal training curricula in English and 12 other languages

The curricula will tackle the digital skills gaps of disadvantaged workers, their supporters and their managers.

05/2023 (1st version)
 
06/2024
(Final version after the pilot phase)
 
 

#6 Tutorial toolkit for localisation & delivery

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

This toolkit provides information and practical guidance for teachers/trainers.
 

It will help the trainers to plan, deliver and evaluate the learning programmes.

08/2023

#7 MOOC on Digital Skills for the WISEs sector

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

An online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

In addition to traditional course materials, such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets it will provide interactive course with user forums or social media discussions to support community interactions among students and professors, as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments.

08/2023

#8 Pilot implementation of the curricula in 14 countries

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Private& Public employers
-Persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

The training manuals and the training modules will be tested in a pilot training in 13 pilot countries (AT, BE, ES, BG, HR, FR, RO, GR, SI, IT, LV, NL, PL).

From the pilots, structured feedback will be gathered from participants, but also from the trainers themselves, in order to improve both training materials and the teaching methods where necessary.

06/2024

#9 Certification/Label

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Private& Public employers
-Persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

In cooperation with certification authorities there will be created a quality certification / label for the curricula and related explanatory materials.

These recognition mechanisms will increase the value of the new curricula and it will give the possibility to recognise them EU-wise in the WISEs sector within the different countries.

06/2024

#10 Sectoral Skills Strategy for WISEs

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers
-Persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities

This document will present the Sectoral Skills Strategy for WISEs including milestones, clear activities, funding opportunities, an action plan and including guidelines on implementation on European and on local level
 

This strategic approach will be linked to the overall growth strategy of the sector and in line with main EU policy developments. The action plan will identify concrete actions, milestones and well-defined outputs. It will describe the expected timeline and give particular attention to the impact of digital and key enabling technologies.

11/2024

#11 B-WISE Community of Practice

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

 

The goal is the development of the cooperation and the network of WISEs and VET providers in WISEs sector.

12/2024

#12 Promotional Plans for WISEs

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

The base of the Long-term action plan and Sustainability will be the Promotional plan of the sector and the subsectors.
 

That is crucial for the WISEs sector to increase its position in the open market as well as to promote the attractiveness of the sector as a career choice, in particular among the young, while also aiming for a gender balance in the sector.

02/2024

#13 B-WISE Sustainability roadmap

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

The findings from the implementation and experience of the project will lead to creation of Sustainability roadmap with policy recommendations.

These policy recommendations can be used by policy makers on the local, regional, national and EU level.

12/2024

#14 Memorandum and Alliance partners including long term action plans

-Service providers for persons from disadvantaged groups and persons with disabilities
-Policy makers
-Employment& education public institutions
-Private& Public employers

A strong and sustainable Alliance is one of the planned results of the project.

The Alliance will be working for the improvement of the sector’s social mission and to provide concrete implementations of European policies and objectives. The memorandum will make sure it will continue after the project finishes.

12/2024

 

 Activities and events:

  • Kick-off meeting: 26th-27th January 2021

Duration:

48 months, 01/2021-12/2024
 

Partners:

30 partners:

  1. EASPD, Belgium (coordinator)
  2. The European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), Belgium
  3. Arbeit Plus, Austria
  4. JKU - Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
  5. Lichtwerk, Belgium
  6. Fundacion ONCE, Spain
  7. Fundación Coremsa, Spain
  8. RES - Réseau d’Entreprises Sociales, Belgium
  9. NASOR - National Association of the Socially Responsible Employers, Bulgaria
  10. Excellia, Bulgaria
  11. ACT group, Croatia
  12. Faculty of Law in Zagreb University, Croatia
  13. Fédérations française des Entreprises d'Insertion, France
  14. AFPA, France
  15. Rise Romania, Romania
  16. ADV Fundatia Alaturi de Voi, Romania
  17. Margarita, Greece
  18. Ev Zin, Greece
  19. SENT, Slovenia
  20. Cene Štupar, Slovenia
  21. AIAS Bologna onlus, Italy
  22. Idee In Rete, Italy
  23. Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia, Latvia
  24. Samaritan Association of Latvia, Latvia
  25. De Omslag, Netherlands
  26. ROC van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  27. Stowarzyszenie Współpracy Regionalnej, Poland
  28. RAR Inwestor sp. z o.o. (Rudzka Agencja Rozwoju “Inwestor” sp. z o.o), Poland
  29. European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises, Italy
  30. Scuola Centrale, Italy

Funding:

ERASMUS+
 

Impact on beneficiaries’ lives:

B-WISE will establish an EU-wide partnership for skills on WISEs, supporting the overall growth of the sector. Most importantly, the project will bring all relevant stakeholders together to support all disadvantaged workers, with distance to the labour market, in finding employment and to avoid facing new barriers and risks of further social exclusion due to digitalization.
 

More information:

Timothy Ghilain, Project Development Manager
Konstantina Leventi, Policy& Projects Officer