Is it true what has been written about the 10th EDF intentions to opt for the Budget Aid modality that this will really do away with paternalism and donor driven approaches?
From KEYLINKS to PROVE …
In 2009 we organized a workshop in Brussels with Project Managers to discuss findings of the KEYLINKS survey on competences required of Project Managers of EU funded projects. On 24th September we organize a large conference with Educational Institutes from all European countries to discuss the curricula developed and to initiate a European Network of Educational Institutions on Project Management of EU-funded projects.
What effect is this recession having on the consultancy and training business?
It is obvious that budgets are becoming tighter and ‘spending’ is now being reconsidered. We have learned that training for civil servants in Finland was cut by 90%! On the other hand we also have heard stories where staff was offered training for further professional development or for job retraining instead of being laid off. It is very interesting to study how management is reacting to this situation.
In Portugal, EQUAL, a budget line of the European Social Fund, has identified a large demand for all types of management training in companies and business associations in order to increase the employability and employment rates in the country. Support is provided in particular to specific vulnerable target groups and in poorer regions in Portugal.