A new European e-learning course for Business Advisors, www.business-advisor.eu has been launched to help entrepreneurs update their skills and adapt their services to changing business needs. In today’s economy tools that can help businesses to grow and provide employment are not only welcome they are much needed. With the inconsistency in the standard of business advice available, high quality support can help business succeed and thrive. The School of Business at DkIT is proactively linking to business and connecting academic expertise to the real world through this free online programme that is available to all.
Pictured are: Back Row (left to right): Canice Hamill (Canice Consulting), Catia Furtado (SPI), Cathal Kearney (DKIT), Cecile Rousseau (EBN) , Fiona Oster (DKIT)
Front Row (left to right): Monika Woytkiewicz (Szczecin University), Denis Cummins (President, DKIT), Michael Johnson, (DLRCEB), Mihaela Constantinescu (CCINT)
VETBA stands for Vocation Education and Training for Business Advisors. VETBA is an online learning course that is available in English, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian. The training consists of modules in How to Write a Case Study, Business Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Business Coaching and Business Planning. Once you have signed up you can work through the modules one by one or dip and in and out as time and motivation permit. The course is free because it is funded through the EU Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci programme.
Business Studies Lecturer and VETBA project manager on behalf of DkIT, Fiona Oster explained, “The project began with an approach from Fingal and Longford County Enterprise boards who worked with the School to develop a programme that would provide high quality training to the small and medium enterprise sector. The Higher Diploma in Business and Small Enterprise Support was created and it is now offered through the Lifelong Learning Centre at DkIT”.
“Having created this programme for the Irish market, DkIT joined forces with a number of European partners and were successful in their funding application to the EU Transfer of Innovation, Leonardo da Vinci programme. The project team made up of 7 European partners created an online training resource for Business Advisors. The partners were Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, European BIC Network in Belgium, The University of Szczecin in Poland, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Neamt County Romania, Sociedade Portguesa de Inovação Portugal, Canice Consulting in the UK.”
The initial feedback from users of VETBA has been incredibly positive. 174 users have already signed up since the recent launch. The initiative marks a major step forward for DkIT’s School of Business Studies in the development of e-learning. Educational opportunities for business people need to be relevant and flexible and elearning delivered in this way makes studying more accessible to entrepreneurs juggling busy lives. Sign up for free at www.business-advisor.eu.