A ticket to better training for Polish SMEs
Although EU funds for training have been made available to enterprises across Europe for some time, the regional authorities in Malopolska, Poland have identified a lack of uptake of training support funds by small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. In response, the EU-funded PFK project set out to find solutions to overcome the challenges enterprises faced when attempting to access these training funds, which benefit both the SMEs and their employees by improving skills across the board.
The EU-funded ‘PFK – Subjective financing of education’ project identified that SMEs found the process of accessing EU training funds complicated and burdensome, which dissuaded them from engaging with the procedures completely. This meant that both enterprises and employees were missing out on funding which was directly available for their training needs.In a bid to simplify the process, PFK designed a new voucher system for accessing the funding as well as a quality assurance system to reassure employers that their employees’ time was being put to good use during training.