The European-funded e-learning free of charge platform Online Business School reaches to an end, with over 6,800 SMEs managers all over the country graduating at least one of over the 100 classes available online on bizschool.ro.
According to a study rolled out at the beginning of the project, over 70% of the SMEs didn’t provide to their employees access to training, between 2010 – 2011, mainly due to high costs. In this context, Online Business School provided an opportunity both for the employers and the employees generating zero costs for the companies and increased the level of know-how of the participating managers.
Exceeding by almost 10% the assumed target of students who graduated 36,000 courses in total, the project ends on November 30, 2013. The eLearning platform hosted on bizschool.ro, featuring a broad range of educational tools, such as e-courses, simulations, videos and webinars, was completed with offline interactions, such as classroom courses, as well as two experience exchanges in Greece for the best performing students.
The most popular e-learning tools were the simulations, with more than 6,000 people graduating the “sales skills” one. In terms of most popular e-courses, the highest number of graduates – close to 1,200 – was reported for the one dedicated to the situation when a person is being promoted to a managerial position, followed by the ones for “negotiation skills” and “time management”. The webinars with the highest attendance were related to “Entrepreneurship and start-up”, “Online promotion for a business”, as well as “Social Media”. The latest ad-on to the bizschool.ro platform is BizMarket, an e-collaboration area which allows exchange of information and expertize between companies.
The highest number of Online Business School graduates is from Bucharest and Ilfov – 33% from the total number – followed by the ones in NE region (Bacau, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Suceava, Vaslui) – 16% and NW area (Bihor, Bistrita Nasaud, Cluj, Maramures, Salaj, Satu Mare) – 11%.
Most of the graduated managers represent companies belonging to the Trade & Services sector, with Industry and Telecom following closely. The biggest number of graduates from a single company was 20. More info on the outcomes of the Online Business School project is available here.
Launched in May 2011, Online Business School benefited from EU funds amounting to approximately approx. 4 million euros, being co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Specific Operational Program for Human Resources Development 2007-2013 – “Invest in people!”. The participation to the Online Business School was open to any Romanian manager from a company with up to 250 employees from the urban and rural areas.
Through the project, Romanian SME managers benefited from free online training and mentorship, to develop their businesses and their professional aptitudes. The courses are grouped in the following categories: marketing, management, leadership, negotiation, sales, communication, PC literacy, personal development, simulations, English courses.
The e-learning platform bizschool.ro was developed, launched and is being operated by Romtelecom, Bluepoint IT Solutions and OTEAcademy.
Romtelecom Business Solutions
Romtelecom Business Solutions is the first choice for the largest companies in Romania and tens of thousands SMEs which rely on the company as the main IT and communications’ solutions provider. Moreover, it is the market leader on the fixed voice, fixed data and broadband internet services for companies. Romtelecom Business Solutions is the ally of the Romanian businesses and has a complete and unique proposal to the market, based on the combination of its services portfolio, internal know-how supporting one of the most advanced IT landscapes in the country, customer focus and commitment to quality.
Founded in 2005, OTE Academy, a subsidiary of OTE group of companies, is a vocational training organization that aims to add value to peoples’ qualifications. In collaboration with the most prominent international vendors, during the last 5 years, OTE Academy delivered 4,000 IT, Telco, management and sales training programs for about 45,000 trainees, in more than 20 countries all over the world.
Through its innovative educational programs OTE Academy focuses on trainees’ personal and professional improvement through continuous and systematic learning. That approach results in better living for the trainees and consequentially in their company’s benefit.
Bluepoint IT Solutions
Bluepoint IT Solutions is a highly experienced Romanian provider of technology-enabled-learning tools and solutions, with several years experience in digital content development and online training delivery for small, large and multinational corporate customers. Bluepoint IT Solutions constantly invests in the development of the e-learning team and of the products offered to its clients thus, at this moment, being the only company in Romania able to deliver complete e-learning solutions, from content generating applications to customized courses for their clients.
For more details about the project, visit bizschool.ro.