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SMECODE – SME Competence Development


The project

There are approximately 20 million enterprises in the European area, of which 99% employ less than 50 persons. For many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), human resources management (HR) and skilled employees are the most important factors for competitiveness and success. Nevertheless HR and skills development in many SME are not yet organised in a systematic way or with a medium or long-term approach. The personnel tasks are often performed by the company’s leader or by an administrative employee. Even in cases where SME have an established HR function, this function is normally administrative and has no influence on the managerial level. Hence there is a real need for new initiatives as well as concrete and practical training tools making SME more aware of the importance of working systematically and strategically with the different HR issues.

The aims of the SMECODE project are therefore:

  • To transfer, adapt and implement a training programme for HR responsible in SME, which was developed in Denmark in the course of a project funded by the European Social Fund.
  • To integrate the adapted training programme as a permanent training opportunity in vocational and adult education institutions
  • To help HR management to get a more strategically role in SME.
  • To ensure a better co-operation between companies and VET institutions.

During the two-year cooperation the following activities will be implemented:

  • Gathering information about the specific characteristic of the SME in the participating countries with regard to HR practice.
  • Improvement, transfer and implementation of the Danish training programme for HR responsible in SME.
  • Establishment of an internet-based platform for SME in order to ease the learning process, ensure the dissemination of the project and create a European network for HR responsible in SME.
  • Development of an electronically handbook containing information on strategic HR management.

Target groups of the project are SME and providers of vocational and further training as well as business development centres, ministries of education, consulting companies and researchers.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme

Project partners
JobInVest Ltd., Esbjerg, Denmark (Coordinator)
The University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark
Esbjerg Business Development Centre, Esbjerg, Denmark
Esbjerg Business School, Esbjerg, Denmark
CECE – Confederación Española de Centros de Enseñanza, Madrid, Spain
BCD – Business Consulting and Development Ltd., Istanbul, Turkey
Kolping-Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Stuttgart, Germany

Contact person
Petra Schmidt, Project Assistant of EU point projects & more

EU-Funding Programme
Leonardo da Vinci – Multilateral Projects, Transfer of Innovation

Total Sum of Funding
249,321 €

Period of Funding
01.09.2010 - 30.11.2012

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