In October 2017, the FSFE begun work on the FOSS4SMEs project, an Erasmus+ project lead by Greek ATL (Atlantis Engineering). In the project, we're joined by Open Forum Europe, University of Skövde, DLEARN and Dublin Institute of Technology, all of us working together to bring education on FOSS to small- and midsize enterprises (SMEs).
In this project, we will build on the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET), to provide the curriculum for a training program for Free and Open Source Software which will be common for the EU. It paves the way for someone learning about free software in Italy to move to Spain, and have their vocational training recognized.
Vocational training, it should be said, is education related to a particular trade, or job, and not academic in nature. The learners we're aiming for here is managers and staff of European SMEs of any kind: we believe that all staff could benefit from training on free software, comensurate with their existing experience and role within the organisation.
Based on the curriculum, the FOSS4SMEs project will also put the curriculum into practice by developing training material in at least English, Greek, German, Italian and Swedish. More languages are likely to be included as well with the first results to come out early 2018.