The 3rd transnational project meeting (TPM) of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning” (GT4SME) took place online between 15.04. – 20.04.2021.
The main objective of the project is to support SME-educators in their work in four topic fields to enable sustainable SME growth and transformation eventually. These are Digital Transformation Internationalization, Financial Access, and (positive) Impact. In order to improve the knowledge and practical experience of the consortium partners, four TPMs have been planned to have a practical thematic aspect dedicated to one of the four project topics. To support a work-based learning experience, these TPMs have been planned to incorporate a ‘thematic workshop’ to which the consortium invites a ‘guest SME representative’ (the case-SME) and works on the specific project topic together.
The specific theme of the 3rd TPM was Digital Transformation and it was originally planned to take place in Berlin, Germany. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the meetings took place virtually instead.
TPM3 was spread to four days (15th, 16th, 19th and 20th April 2021) and each day had a 3-hour session. The purpose of TPM3 was to (1) evaluate the second and third quarter of the project and (2) work on the topic of Digital Transformation through a workshop with a case SME. During the meeting sessions consortium partners not only evaluated the overall project progress, worked further on the first project deliverable of ‘workshop methodology’ and discussed next steps on the final deliverable of ‘digital toolkit’; but also got informed about various (emerging) digital technologies and exchanged knowledge and practices related to Digital Transformation.
As part of project’s dissemination, the consortium has been publishing blogs on the project website and spreading them through the project’s social media accounts (Facebook / Instagram), which present valuable knowledge on the project’s four topics; or share best-practice examples from Europe in general and partner countries in particular; or discuss global issues that touch upon project’s scope.
More detailed information on the specific topics and practices covered in the 3rd TPM can be followed through the above-mentioned social media channels, as the consortium will publish blogs on them in the coming weeks.