SMEunited, the European social partner representing SMEs in Europe, strongly supports Digi-Paint activities as a good example to help educators to use digital tools in training in order to attract more young people to the craft. In its recent articles on the website and social media, it encourages the modernisation of VET programmes by using the latest digital solutions and affirms that specific training for teachers and trainers is essential. Closer contacts between teachers and trainers in SMEs are also an important element in delivering programs that meet their skills needs.
Upskilling and reskilling are major challenges for SMEs, and finding the most tailored solutions for entrepreneurs and workers is key to improving their competitiveness. Close cooperation with the education sector is one of the six priorities put forward by SMEunited for the European Year of Skills.
SMEunited considers better-aligning education and training systems with changing labour market needs. This is particularly relevant for vocational education and training (VET) systems to ensure the right learning outcomes and employability for learners. Timely adaptation of curricula in cooperation with social partners, SME organisations, Chambers and Crafts and further relevant stakeholders at all levels is the right way forward.