The DIFILIM project seeks to deliver a curriculum to meet the real needs of entrepreneurs in the areas of financial literacy and digital skills. Through an analysis of the needs of entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship programmes it will identify the fundamental competencies required in the two disciplines and the gaps in existing provision.
The project will then design and apply a curriculum to deliver these skills in a combination of methods including an e-learning platform. The project aims to create networks at local, regional and European level for spreading good practices of educational integration.
By the implementation of the project, the project will strive to provide improved level of digital and financial skills for employability.
• A situation-based assessment report, tackling the skills gaps
• The development of a training model addressing the main topic of digital financial literacy. The model aims to enhance entrepreneurs’ capacity to undertake responsible financial choices and to understand digital techniques readily available to boost their enterprise’ well-being.
• The development of a free-to-use Toolkit for enterprises
• A series of materials and documents supporting transferability and sustainability of the best practices
• Dissemination events to raise awareness and reaching stakeholders across Europe.
After the project activities, it is expected for MSME’s to:
• Recognise the interaction between personal and business finance
• Become more aware of financing opportunities and (digital) financial risks and opportunities
• Improve their understanding of the digital financial landscape
• Know where to go for help
• Make informed business plans and related choices
• Manage their financial records, planning and risks effectively over the short and long term
• Take other effective actions to maximise the potential of their business for the benefit of their enterprise and that of the wider economy
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RESULTS / INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS
Research on the needs and impact of Digital Financial Literacy on enterprises in each Partner Country
During the project pilot surveys will be conducted among the partner countries to document the level of digital financial literacy of micro- entrepreneurs and map the link between financial literacy core competencies and firm-level well-being.
This is motivated by OECD’s guidance that highlights a range of financial literacy outcomes that may be important to sustain or improve the financial literacy of owners and managers of MSMEs and of potential entrepreneurs in their experience of starting, running or growing a business. Such financial literacy competencies are intended to complement and deepen broader entrepreneurial skills, and to complement more general financial literacy competencies that young and adult consumers need for their own financial well- being.
Going forward, the survey outcomes will inform the development the learning and training needs to foster awareness, knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to digital financial literacy among members of MSMEs.
Guidebook of Digital Financial Literacy for Microenterprises in each Partner Language
This guidebook will provide:
1. Information about existing support and digital financial literacy skills of organizations in each partner country.
This information allows for entrepreneurs to be aware of the skills they can get, the specialized consultancy and training in advanced topics, or what are the spaces for networking and peer learning with entrepreneurs and training providers are in their respective country.
2. A map of the process to develop digital financial literacy skills successfully, including practical information about how to develop modern skills mindset, available tools, and digital financial literacy to be applied.
The process map intends to be a visually and appealing way to convey the message on the skills advancement and digital transformation needed, focused on a step-by-step approach.
The guidebook will be divided by different steps on the key digital financial literacy competences including, but not exclusive to the modern skillful worker profile.
Online Training Platform development in English and each Partner Language
This project result is the design and development of a website and online training platform which will provide also the possibility of communication between trainers and trainees and the organization of webinars.
The Online platform will contain all training material, interactive interface and a library. The Online Platform will promote collaboration between Learners and between Learners and Trainers. It will also be used for the promotion of all project activities.
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Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is the second largest and one of the leading research Universities in Cyprus, that has high values regarding its academic character and its emphasis on high quality research in major branches of science and technology. Research emphasis at CUT is reflected in the substantial funding provided to academics for the establishment of research centres and laboratories, the support it provides for collaborations with world renowned Universities and Institutions, and the participation of its faculty in several national and European research projects. CUT and particularly the Department of Commerce, Finance and Shipping has contributed both in the Digital Financial Literacy agenda in Cyprus both in terms of research and policy outcomes.
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