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Enrichment of Professional Skills for Standardization - Exploring the European Experience
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Cyprus Organization for Standardisation (CYS) is the national Standards body of Cyprus. Since January 2005, was autotomized from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, and operates under private law.CYS is a full member of the European Standards Organization (ESO’s – CEN, CENELEC, ETSI) as well as the International Standards Organization ISO and IEC. Through its active participation in the European and international Standardization, CYS promotes the national interests through the publication and promotion of standards to Cypriot businesses.The need for the execution of this project comes from the finding that even though employees and associates of CYS are highly trained and skilled in the areas of engagement, nevertheless they need continuous information and education regarding new methods, processes, new technologies and best practices to be able to respond successfully to the new requirements, challenges and needs of standardization. The aim of this project is the training of 5 CYS employees who act as instructors for standardization and quality issues and deliver lectures and trainings to the respective departments of businesses, organizations and services or to open seminars or to any other training activities.With this mobility there are more benefits because the program affects a larger target group. The participants are involved actively to the design and implementation of the strategic plan of CYS, they are very well trained with a high level of professional and technical competency and very committed to promote standards in the Cyprus economy and society.This program relates directly to the professional development of the participants since the main goal of the program is to train them and get them familiarized with training methods and best practices that the NSBs of the visiting countries have in place. Additionally this transnational mobility aims to the bridging of the gap that exists in EU level in the field standardization activities between NSBs. The content of the program is a combination of theoretical and practical training including targeted visits to the training and sales departments of the NSBs, as well as other departments related to the field of expertise of the participant. For the certification of the mobility the participants will receive a "Participation Certificate" and a "Europass Certificate".The expected benefits / outcomes for the participants are in short:Training, knowledge and skills on:- communication matters and new ways of communicating, - Public Relations and promotion of the products and services offered by CYS- improved technical knowledge on standardization of traditional products- standardisation in various sectors such as education, energy etc.- technological improvements of the services offered and operational improvements for CYS through ICT and innovative techniques- knowledge and skills on marketing and sales- skills in organizational / administration matters (e.g. internal communication and processes, control of records etc.)- skills on improving, structuring and standardising of the procedures used for employees and associates training- knowledge and skills on high interest and innovation matters (e.g. ICT, gas and energy, personnel qualification schemes, certification schemes)- networking and cooperation with other bodies from the sectors of standardization, energy, business and academia from the EUThe expected benefits / outcomes for CYS are in short:- the transnational training will help bridging the knowledge and skills' gaps that exists between different NSBs on EU level- gaining of experiences and expertise knowledge on the planning and execution of similar programs- help keep open the lines of communication with the higher administrative and technical bodies of the European Organisations for Standardisation and the NSBs, as well as the Technical Committees of CEN, CENELEC & ETSI. - help improve coordination between the European and international Standardization Organisations- creation of a very wide cooperation network in standardization matters - it will enrich and improve the continuous training plans of the employees and associates with the expected benefits of the program
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