SMEs play a key-role in most economies, in that they constitute the largest business block and provide the bulk of employment. The recruitment of PhD students and doctoral holders by SMEs is a key mechanism of knowledge and innovation transfer from academia to society that needs to be fostered. The current economic crisis in most European countries (that is especially affecting to the public sector finances) is reducing the capacity of absorption of PhDs and researchers by Universities and the academic context in general. SMEs can contribute to prevent that these high qualified human resources are wasted at the same time that improve their competiveness in the global economy.
The main objective is i-Skills is to contribute to the development of innovation skills of PhD students and doctoral holders by developing an e-assessment methodology (immersive game) that can be implemented at formal, no formal and informal learning contexts in order to:
Promote the employability opportunities of these individuals in SMEs and, finally, to contribute to the effective implementation, transference and management of innovation processes in these organizations.