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RESTART Resilience and Training for SMEs


Resilience and Training for SMEs

The impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs: RESTART conceptual framework

As part of Project Result 2, Task 2.2, a consortium of RESTART project partners mapped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on MSMEs in their respective countries according to the developed RESTART conceptual framework.

The RESTART conceptual framework was developed to help partners answer the four research questions, particularly:

  1. How has COVID-19 impacted MSMEs?
  2. What has been the impact of 4 mega-trends on MSMEs?
  3. What changes have occurred in business models, MSME jobs, and entrepreneurial competencies?
  4. How have these changes affected business dimensions, training needs, and training topics for growth and competitiveness?

The analysis was carried out through the "VET lens" and was not aimed at collecting generic impact but rather identifying the emergence of new and evolving needs for training, upskilling, and retraining due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on MSMEs.

The country's Mapping Inputs can be found here.

The informed insights contained in these Mapping Inputs were used for the following stages of the project, particularly Report on Mapping Results and RESTART Consolidated Findings.

Report on Mapping Results summarises the findings from seven RESTART project partners' Mapping Inputs, clearly identifies training needs areas and crystalizes training topics to be developed in the subsequent project activities.

RESTART Consolidated Findings present the final training topics and content to be elaborated within Project Result 3, based on partial tasks, namely a) the identification of potential and operational implications for MSMEs to proactively embrace the 4 mega-trends; b) the identification of training needs based on the 4 mega-trends; c) the construction of professional profiles of the “evolving nature of jobs” in MSMEs; and d) benchmarking the professional profiles against ESCO and frame EQF levels of the RESTART training.

The training modules that will be developed by RESTART partners resulting from Project Result 2 are the following:

  • Digitalization & Online Learning
  • Innovation and exploiting opportunities
  • Cybersecurity    
  • Business model innovation, localization and resilience   
  • Sustainable, social, and green entrepreneurship
  • Servitization
  • Emotional intelligence and well-being



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This project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The European Commission's support for preparing and publishing this press release does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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