VIP@Work focuses on VET internships at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Often large companies are familiar with hiring interns. SMEs are less familiar with this because they do not have the connections, the possibilities or do not know what added value an intern can have.
VIP@Work wants to increase the capacity of business support organizations to support SMEs in becoming internship employers. Business support organizations are those who are in daily contact with SMEs and are the perfect link between the SMEs and the VET schools. The goal is to improve the knowledge of business support organizations. They will obtain information on potential sectors in their region where internships can be developed. They are able to quickly incorporate this new knowledge to inform, inspire and train SMEs (through guidance, training courses and mentoring) so that they can take steps to hire interns.
Inqubator Leeuwarden works with partners from Romania (NERDA), Italy (Eurocrea), Ireland (Momentum), Denmark (European E-Learning Institute), Greece (CCS) and the Netherlands (Friesland College).