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Project start: 1st January 2021
Duration: 48 months
Project Leader: EASPD (Belgio)
PartnersAIAS Bologna, The European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE), Arbeit Plus (Austria), JKU -Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria), Lichtwerk (Belgio), Fundacion ONCE (Spagna), Fundación Coremsa (Spagna), RES-Réseau d’Entreprises Sociales (Belgio), NASOR -National Association of the Socially Responsible Employers (Bulgaria), Excellia (Bulgaria), ACT group(Croazia), Faculty of Law in Zagreb University (Croazia), Fédérations française des Entreprises d’Insertion (Francia), AFPA (Francia), Rise Romania (Romania), ADV Fundatia Alaturi de Voi (Romania), Margarita (Grecia), Ev Zin (Grecia), SENT (Slovenia), Cene Štupar(Slovenia), Idee In Rete (Italia), Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia (Lettonia), Samaritan Association of Latvia (Lettonia), De Omslag (Paesi bassi), ROC van Amsterdam (Paesi Bassi),  Stowarzyszenie Współpracy Regionalne (Polonia), Izba Rzemieślnicza Małej i Średniej Przedsiębiorczości w Katowicach (Polonia), European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Italia), Scuola Centrale (Italia)

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B-WISE project: an EU-wide partnership for skills in Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISEs)

The project Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills in Work Integration Social Enterprises, B-WISE, kicked-off on January 26th, 2021. AIAS Bologna and 28 other partners from 13 different EU countries will develop a European Strategy to address the digital skills needs in the WISEs sector.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme and will run for 4 years, starting from January 2021 until December 2024. B-WISE targets the skills needs of disadvantaged workers, their supporters- job coaches, trainers- and the skill needs of the managers or engineers, the people for instance who enable an adequate working environment. The disadvantaged workers are individuals who face challenges in integrating in the labour market and these may include persons with disabilities, long-term unemployed, migrants and persons neither in employment nor in education or training.

WISEs in Europe are very heterogeneous and therefore during the first year of the project, we will focus on a setting the scene analysis, which will support us in identifying the skills needs of the workers and anticipate future skill demands. We will then develop three EU VET Curricula which will address the skills needs identified. These curricula will focus on digital skills but also support the development of basic skills and job-specific skills. Furthermore, these curricula will then be piloted in 13 different countries, evaluated, and certified by national/regional certification authorities.

The ultimate goal of this project is to establish an EU wide partnership with the aim to create a long-lasting impact on skills on Work Integration Social Enterprises. This will be achieved together with the development of a European Strategy (Blueprint) for Sectoral Cooperation on skills in WISEs. The project will also promote the attractiveness of the WISE sector as a career choice and raise awareness on the importance of digital technologies to support disadvantaged groups in work placement. Lastly, it will further support disadvantaged workers in integrating into the labour market and eliminate the barriers and risk of further social exclusion due to digitalization.