VIBES (Virtual Business Skills Empowerment) tackles two types of skills relevant for future employability of young Europeans in a digital era: The ability to work in virtual and multi-cultural teams. Rather than training people for existing roles which are rapidly becoming obsolete VIBES aims at developing an entrepreneurial attitude to understand that a constant evolution of individual and organizational capabilities is needed as a response to emergent opportunities. Co-creation of innovative approaches to development of collaborative capabilities, networking opportunities and innovation and strategic skills development will facilitate a more sustainable individual skillset that can more readily adapt and create emerging market opportunities.
A team of seven institutions from Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Belgium and Switzerland will draw on best practices from each country to develop and deliver study and training modules for building of virtual teams’ capabilities with process descriptions of the learning outcomes and methods as integrated processes, supportive tools and assessment methods and criteria. Virtual collaboration space will be created for sharing of learning materials, experiences and ideas in order to promote intercultural collaboration and exchange of teaching experience and knowledge. Our modules may serve as potential development resources for SME’s in search for innovative intrapreneurs.
VIBES company engagement
First part of training activities will be undertaken within regular activities of HEIs involved in VIBES. Linkages will be established with business world to bring relevant companies and professionals who will be engaged in coaching.
VIBES develops the recommended skills for working in multicultural virtual teams by creating the educational content and processes which can be adapted for different levels of stakeholders in various contexts.
Platform will be designed as an open education resources platform, a digital learning hub on virtual skills. It is envisioned as learning organization involving also third parties interested in advancement of its virtual digital skills through exchange of agile learning resources.
As a first concrete step in project implementation VIBES team will perform comprehensive mapping of country and pan-European practices in building of virtual team working skills at high-school, university and adult education levels.