The European Framework of Competencies to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises has already been developed by the consortium and is now available on the website in English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
The framework consists of six units, starting with an introduction to the SDGs in business, then understanding the role of green skills in SMEs, defining sustainability priorities, designing sustainability strategies and action plans applying the PDCA cycle to support VET professionals and consultants in applying a plan-do-check-act cycle model, and finally a unit on outreaching sustainability achievements.
The application of this frameworks has been developed based on European standards in order to promote transparency, recognition, mobility and transferability to other VET organisations, companies and intermediary bodies in Europe, that want to implementation as well the SDGs in small and medium sized enterprises through VET. In this sense, the first intellectual output produced will provide a reference of competences using a common language to describe competences, skills, knowledge, and proficiency levels that can be understood across Europe, following European standards and frameworks of reference. The framework designed has six units of competence and the three-layer approach structuring the European Framework of Competencies to implement the SDGs in SMEs, a training curriculum was designed, considering the ECVET formula that is most adopted Europe-wide, which is 25 hours corresponding to 1 ECVET point and EQF level 5.