A methodology for the assessment and forecasting of skill requirements and training needs for European SMEs

Type Research Project

Funding Bodies

Duration Jan. 1, 1997 - March 31, 1999

  • Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises AE (Former organization)


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  • Rößl, Dietmar (Details) Project Head

Abstract (German)

Branchenspezifische SWOT-Analysen zur Hypothesenentwicklung, quantitative empirische Erhebungen, statistischer Hypothesentest.

Abstract (English)

Aims: <br>a) to develop a methodology for identifying the specific training needs of SMEs <br>b) to provide an understanding of the key skill requirements <br>c) to give guidance for SME's towards acquiring the relevant skills <br>d) to translate skill requirements into actionable training needs <br>e) to give guidance for directing the activities towards training areas with greatest impact. <br>Hypotheses: <br>a) success and failures can be identified by discriminating factors <br>b) discriminating factors depend on the quality of the human resource inputs<br> c) measures to improve performance should therefore be aimed at improving or adding new competencies and skills <br>d) some competencies will probably be industry-specific <br>e) company size is critical in determining training needs. <br>First results: <br>country specific analyses of industry structure, industry specific SWOT-analyses, analyses of success factors and available training resources <br>results of the data analysis gathering activities, first statistical analysis


  • EMI - Greece
  • Logos Audit - Italy
  • Nottingham Business School| - United Kingdom
  • University of Tampere - Sweden
  • Storstroem Business School - Denmark



  • 5307 Business and management economics (Details)
  • 5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)


  • small-scale business
  • medium-sized enterprise
  • human resource development
  • qualification for key function
  • Austria
  • success-failure
  • demand analysis
  • demand forecast
  • vocational training
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Great Britain
  • Italy