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SME-TIC New applications for innovation and employment


The project

The motivation for the project arose from a combination of two different problem areas in the region of La Rioja, Spain. The first problem area was a deficit of skilled professionals in the field of new technologies most notably in large companies. In small and medium sized companies (SME), the demand for professionals in these fields remained minimal due to a lack of knowledge with regard to possibilities of applying these new technologies. The second problem area concerned the job market demand for young social scientists. An inverse relationship, in which a high demand for new technology graduates paralleled by a poor, low demand job market and the resulting high unemployment for young social scientists crystallized. Young females in particular were impacted by this phenomenon because of a predominance of females studying in these fields.

This market situation became the determining factor in the setting of the following goals for the project: young graduates, especially female, were to receive a new training and qualification in the area of information and communication technologies as well as support in the search for a new job in these fields. Thereby, the chances in finding the first job were to be improved.

The project encompassed the following measures: 30 young jobless postgraduates of arts received training and certification in the area of information and service technology. For the participating SME’s the appropriate software was developed i.e., selected and the application possibilities thereof, introduced.

The integration of software applications into the companies was carried out by the graduates. They were faced with a variety of tasks: check of the effectiveness of computing with regard to the company’s needs, creation of instructional literature for the training of employees in the effective use of software applications, measures to increase employee use of e-mail for communication with costumers and suppliers, development of the company’s internet image (Corporate Identity), marketing and advertising over the web as well as the creation of catalogues.


EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Project Partner
ADER Agencia de Desarrollo Económico de La Rioja, in Logroño, Spain (Coordinator)
AREA+Network S.L., in Barcelona, Spain
AS International, in Manchester, UK
eco4ward, in Graz, Austria
Fundación San Valero, in Zaragoza, Spain
FER Eiles 213, in Logroño, Spain
Fundaçao da Juventude, in Oporto, Portugal
I.U.T. de St. Denis Universite Paris, in Paris, France
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Kolping Training Centre Stuttgart, Germany

Contact Person

Janine Koark, Assistant of EU point projects & more

EU-Funding Programme

Leonardo da Vinci – Pilot Projects

Sum of Funding

364,635 €

Period of Funding

01.11.2002 - 30.04.2004

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.