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SEECEL proudly presents its TNA and QA publication for SMEs

Many EU policy documents stress the SME’s as an economic priority, and as such the focus has been placed on fostering the competitiveness of SMEs by improving the competences of SME’s human capital. The education and training system, which plays a crucial role in strengthening the competences of SME’s human capital, should remain flexible and respond accurately to the demands of the labour market. The discrepancy between the expressed needs for training and the training provision offered in the market and the lack of data on SME’s training needs should be addressed through systematic training needs analysis (TNA).
 
A number of SEECEL member states are taking diverse initiatives to build a comprehensive TNA system. This shift to evidence-based policy making is important if SEECEL member states are to ensure that the significant investment in training is cost effective. This is why a regional TNA has been identified by national stakeholders as one of the key development priorities of SEECEL’s work. Not only does a regional TNA give concrete results for all SEECEL member states but it also provides support to existing national TNA developments in terms of experience, instruments, tools and networks.
 
Building on the previously stated, SEECEL has published the 'Training Needs Analysis and Quality Assurance for SMEs – Western Balkans and Turkey’s Small Business Community Experience’. This is third TNA publication SEECEL has published, first one being the TNA published in 2012 and the second being the 'Women Entrepreneurs Training Needs Analysis System' in 2014. The new publication is a result of an intensive effort by the Development and Advisory Network for Enterprises Training (DANET) and the eight business associations from the South East Europe and Turkey. Due to the specifics of the region and because previous TNA experience showed that medium-sized enterprises do differ to a large extent from the micro and small enterprises in regards to the approach to their approach to human capital development, this publication focused only on micro and small enterprises. Furthermore, the focus on the micro and small enterprises has been set as these enterprises represent more than 95% of all business subjects in each of the countries from South East Europe and Turkey. Therefore, research encompassed the sample of 2557 micro and small enterprises in three strategic sectors as highlighted by the South East Europe 2020 strategy - food and beverage production and processing, manufacturing and tourism.

Besides the TNA results, this publication also gives an overview of the quality assurance mechanisms employed against the training providers by the micro and small enterprises. Finally, publication provides a framework for designing the human capital development initiatives for micro and small enterprises – the SEECEL Training Navigation System.
                                                                                                                    
The SEECEL developed instrument and associated methodology should be a cyclic process that will ensure the continued relevance and efficiency of training for small business community.

Click here to download SEECEL publication: „Training Needs Analysis and Quality Assurance for SMEs – Western Balkans and Turkey’s Small Business Community Experience“.

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