The 6th (final) 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 in a hybrid way between 11. – 12.10.2021. While part of the consortium partners met in Turin, Italy, the other partners joined remotely.
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 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 has invited a ‘guest SME representative’ (the case-SME) and worked on the specific project topic together. Consortium partners have applied various workshop methodologies during these thematic TPMs and the accumulated knowledge has been integrated into the final project deliverable, the digital toolkit.
While the specific four project topics have been worked on intensively in the previously organized TPMs, the purpose of the final TPM was to ‘close’ the GT4SME project. Partners discussed how they have benefited from the project, the knowledge and skills they have gained during the project meetings and how the project has had an impact on their organizations’ current and future activities. They also reviewed the last steps for the completion of the project’s final deliverable, the digital toolkit, and discussed how they can disseminate it in their own professional network. Finally, partners had the opportunity to talk about future partnership possibilities and determined certain project ideas that would be based on the results of GT4SME.
While the project is approaching its end (end date: 31.10.2021), the final project deliverable, the digital toolkit, will be published on the project website and spread through the project’s social media accounts (Facebook / Instagram). The toolkit will present useful information for SME-educators and SMEs on the project’s four topics, as well as certain good practice examples that the consortium worked on during the project.