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MICRO SME Training Press Release

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Maria Pettit

29th January 2018

Irish Rural Link in Malaga for the third Meeting of the MICRO Project

Irish Rural Link – the national network representing the interest of rural communities was in Malaga on January 25th and 26th for the third Meeting of Enhancing Competitiveness of Microenterprises in Rural Areas (MICRO) in Brussels, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training.

MICRO is implemented by 7 partners from 6 countries (Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia and Spain).

The idea behind MICRO is to sustain the growth and competitiveness of rural microenterprises by developing practical training resources and a dedicated Open Educational Resource (OER Platform).  The platform will initially contain short focused online training on topics suggested from a consultation with microenterprises in rural areas in each of the 6 participating countries.

During the meeting, partners revised the OER Platform and finalized the training courses developed under IO3. Furthermore, they agreed upon timeline and delivering of trainings under IO4 – Test and Validation.

An important issue discussed in the meeting was Dissemination activities. Partners are strongly committed to give great visibility to the Project, a dedicated Multiplier Event will be held in each Project country during the next months in addition to ordinary online and offline Dissemination activities.

Irish Rural Link (Lead Partner) founded in 1991, is a national network of organisations and individuals advocating for sustainable rural development in Ireland and Europe.  IRL, a non-profit organization has grown significantly since its inception and now directly represents over 600 community groups and individuals with a combined membership of 25,000.  The network provides a structure through which rural groups and individuals representing disadvantaged rural communities, can articulate their common needs and priorities, share their experiences and present their case to policy makers at local, national and EU level.  As Lead partner, IRL is responsible for the management and coordination of the Micro Project.

For further information about MICRO project, contact us:

Maria Pettit & Siobhan Kinahan

Tel: 090 6482744


Visit our website:     Or MICRO website:


MICRO ERASMUS+ Partners meet in Malaga

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by Maria Pettit

Micro Project Partners meeting in 2017 – Maria Pettit & Siobhan Kinahan (IRL – Project Leaders) with, Maynooth University IRL, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

When: Thursday  January 25th, 2018 – 9:00 to Friday January 26th – 17:00

Where: Malaga, Spain

Micro-enterprises (less that 10 employees) represent the vast majority of businesses (more than 95%) and employ around one third of the total EU workforce.  Particularly in rural areas micro-enterprises are the main source of employment yet are the most exposed to the economic management and competitiveness challenges. Micro-enterprises tend to remain ‘local’ seldom operating outside their national boundaries. But technological advances are offering new opportunities.

The idea behind MICRO is to develop and deploy Open Educational Resources (open and widely available training content and modules) targeted at micro and craft type enterprises in rural areas to foster their chances of growth and access to EU single market opportunities.  Ultimately this will enhance micro and craft type enterprise competitiveness by leveraging underutilised EU opportunities and promoting participation in the EU Single Market.  Studies (SMEs Going Digital EU Working Document (2013) and ICT usage in enterprises Eurostat (2013) show that micro-enterprises’ competitiveness is limited by their slow adoption of ICT tools: The European Commission DG Enterprise in Identification of Future Skills, Needs in Micro Enterprise and Craft Type Enterprise Up to 2020 (2011) urgently calls for the ‘development of tools and skills training structures with special focus on micro and craft type enterprises’… to empower them to fully participate in the EU Single Market’.

This is the focus of the MICRO project: The development of accessible EU wide training materials combining the skills and knowledge of project partners.

MICRO Project for Rural Micro-Enterprises

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by IRL

We are currently looking for micro-enterprises to complete our short survey to get feedback on the training needs of rural micro-enterprises. More information can be found on our website or contact Siobhan at 090 6482744.