Topic of the practice
The program IT-MICRO had a aim to help micro enterprises to start using ICT. The main activity was to learn the SMEs to use different ICT tools such as Internet, MS Office and booking systems.
Good Practice Information
The insufficiency of IT competence in small companies was at that time noticeable is several ways. The rapid and extensive developments in IT technology can provide small companies with new working conditions but small companies are less inclined to adopt new IT solutions than larger companies. In many cases this is due to a lack of knowledge as to how IT techniques can be integrated into the procedures of the business. As a result of this situation the government was investing in a national programme to increase IT competence in small companies togehter with the Federation of Enterprises (FR). The programme was called IT-MICRO.
The programme was based on the concept that IT competence can be developed as effectively in an educational situation as in a user situation. Applying the techniques to a small company’s working reality and its own network can provide a meaningful foundation from which to improve the company’s awareness of the opportunities IT can offer.
The IT-MICRO programme was designed to increase the strategic IT competence in Sweden’s small companies and contribute to increasing their capacity to develop and improve competitiveness. This programme has been compiled by NUTEK in co-operation with Foretagarnas Riksorganisation (FR) – The National Federation of Businesses.
The total budget for the program was arond 6 Million Euros, 3 Million from the Government and 3 Million from the companies and regional or local authorities/local federation of Enterprises
Evidence of success
Based on the final reports and interim reports received and the interviews conducted Nutek draw the following conclusions:
• The results show that there is a great need for both basic IT knowledge among micro businesses (0-10 employees) and more specialized work items. marketing.
• Companies want short customized courses
• Companies prefer practical, hands-on activities like direct in his company. So called Coaches have worked well. Overall it is considered positive by both joint training and individual company visits. When the program is marketed, it is important to emphasize that the tasks will be related to its own operations
• Local projects have greater impact than regional.
• Overall, it seems difficult to get small businesses to take the time to attend training events. In some cases, participants have found themselves on different levels of ability when the training starts. It is therefore important that the project manager before the training starts inventory of IT skills of the participating companies.
• Most companies start with basic IT business after graduation.
• Some projects have aroused great interest and have received many times more interested than planned and budgeted. Through reason for this may be good local support, knowledge of the individual participating companies and individual efforts of the company.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth
Annex completed on: 12-16-2011