On the 28th of May Donegal Digital partnership, in cooperation with DEVISE project (funded by Interreg Europe programme), organised a workshop in CoLab (LYIT, Letterkenny), to identify concrete opportunities that can be implemented by companies based in the county.
We organised four breakout sessions to discuss different topics: Process Automation / Factory Automation, Digital marketing, Digital training in small businesses and Test new technologies. In the Digital training in small businesses session, this group, including local SMEs and representatives from LYIT, Wisar Lab, ERNACT and Údarás na Gaeltachta exchanged ideas about how could digital training requirements be solved for small companies.
- Basic Digital Skills
- Industry-specific digital skills
- Software-specific digital skills
Regarding constraints, participants mentioned the following ones:
- Awareness; what is out there, what employees need, what type of training could be used by the company to grow and expand.
- Availability; what training the companies can get access to and if there are funding supports.
- Cost; many companies cannot afford to pay for individual training.
- Time; for small companies, sending employees or business owners to training has a financial and opportunity cost.
Finally, about pilot project and opportunities, they highlighted the following:
- Conduct a solid, defined survey of hub businesses personally to identify individual digital training needs and use that information to work with training/education providers to create courses and/or signpost businesses to available training.
- Cluster digital skills training courses/classes in existing hubs.
- Intermediary Skills Facilitator to broker between skills/training providers and businesses, creating a forum where the supply of and demand for digital skills training can be shared.
- Cluster half day training based on Interreg DEVISE European project's survey results.
- Create collaborative courses that bring start-ups and multinational employees together.
- Create a promotional programme to showcase the training and funding that is currently available.