Wednesday, February 18, 2015

International Visitors Arrive @ The Women's Org For Digital Innovation Programme

On the 9th and 10th February, The Women’s Organisation was lucky enough to have visitors from across the world arrive in Liverpool for the first meeting as part of a new project that we are co-coordinating.

DIGA (Digital Innovations for Growth Academy) will be developing a new, innovative ICT and digital training programme for staff delivering vocational education and training in the fields of entrepreneurship and business development. This training will provide Enterprise Trainers and Educators the tools to learn about digital literacy, digital knowledge, digital skills, tools and processes.

At the beginning of the month, our partners from across the world arrived in Liverpool. The partners on this project include the Kemmy Business School from the University of Limerick, the Human Development Resource Centre from Slovenia, the European Centre for Women and Technology, from Norway, the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology, the Social Innovation Fund from Lithuania and Inercia Digital from Spain.

This project will continue until 2017, and over the next two years, the partners will meet in the home towns and cities of each other to catch up on the progression of DIGA. Overall the project will result in enhanced skills and deployment of skills in the digital and ICT area, by the Enterprise Trainers. This in turn will cascade down to the SME’s who will be better versed in the skills of using digital technology and ICT. Studies suggest that US growth companies are 8.5% more productive than EU owned firms and that over 80% of this advantage is explained by better use of training and development and more effective deployment of ICT.

The partners were welcomed to Liverpool and The Women’s Organisation two weeks ago, and spent two days working on the DIGA Project. The partners were able to introduce themselves, work through a transnational meeting schedule, discuss findings from the initial research that had been undertaken, and discuss preparations for their next meeting. And even managed to squeeze in a visit from 2 very special guests, Gill Moglione (Deputy Chair of The W.O) and Pat Shea Halson (Chair of the Trading Arm)

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