The aim of the project is to provide the European Commission with a structured programme for the training of SME employees and unemployed persons with digital skills that are required in the modern work place.

The objectives according to the tender specifications are to:

1.Identify the types of digital skills that are highly demanded by SMEs; we will perform in depth analysis and interview over 40 experts to gain a wide source of information on the programmes needed within each region.

3. Evaluate feedback from the participants, trainers, training providers and SMEs involved to identify the most successful aspects and routes.


2. Engage 10 experts in a public round table within each region that will provide cross-sectoral inputs towards the future digital skills and the main sectors affected.

4. Organise and implement 4 ”pilot” training programmes across two regions for skilling and reskilling workers and unemployed to prepare them for digitisation. On this basis, produce one or several blueprints which can be implemented at local, regional or national level.

According to the tender specifications, the study’s scope is as follows:

The geographical scope of the services will cover all EU Member States to identify the characterises of each region and to support the easy identification of the skills need.

The pilot project targets the labour force, so the project team will engage with a wide variety of actors from local employment agencies, SMEs, training providers, innovation agencies, employees of SMEs and unemployed people.

  • Murcia represents a region within a large country, a reliance on the agricultural, construction and hospitality and a youth unemployent rate of 48.4%.
  • Lithuania on the other hand, is a small country with high levels of exports and SME growth focused on retail sectors, and a low unemployment rate that will contrast the experiences of Murcia.