Association Institute of New Technologies (INT) since 2004 has been working for the promotion, dissemination and collection of best practices among entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations in the use of new technologies and innovation. Among the key actions INT there are: the organization of the Regional Competition Leader of New Technologies distinguishing innovative companies in the region of Lodz, numerous conferences, over 350 trainings, workshops, etc. INT leads “NGO Support Centre” in the region and works with more than 100 NGOs . INT established also Regional Centre for International Debates (project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). For several years, the INT is organizing a nationwide Olympics (for youth) of knowledge of the region and entrepreneurship and now in 2016 INT is running Olypics of Business Knowledge and Innovation also for youth.
Our activities are aimed at promoting new technologies, innovation and increasing opportunities for participants in the labour market education and equal opportunities. The recipients of the program are : seniors, disadvantageous groups, NGOs, volunteers, employees of companies, entrepreneurs as well as those who are just starting their career path. A large part of the activities is addressed to elderly people. We support youth organisations and informal groups and help them in organise their own project. From informal groups which cooperated with INT were created senior organization: Active EU which works with us at various events and projects. INT has realized Academy of Senior, project aimed at elderly activation.
Majority of our activities are aimed at seniors, we conducted diverse research on this group especially in the context of education and their activity in society. We know the expectations of elderly listeners and participants as most of our trainers and educators work with them.
No we are implementing many international project with European countries aimed at innovative technologies and new solutions.
The goal for the coming years is to enrich the educational offer and the workshop (new thematic groups), use of new technologies and training techniques (methods of work with different people and in different ways – the use of distance learning), increase the effectiveness of training and adapting tools to the needs of diverse audiences (communication diversified socially and physically ), use of e – tools as a new method of training the trainers and trainees. The main objective of our new project “Incubation of social innovation in the field of lifelong learning for adults” is to increase the use of innovation solutions in the subject of lifelong learning for adults. This will be achieved through incubation, development and testing 60 ideas submitted by innovators from across Poland.
For a few years INT has been implementing CSR, strategy and this year we implemented ISO 26000 which concentrated on quality of actions aimed at surrounding, our stakeholders who are also elderlypeople who co-operate with us and live in our region. The standards of trainings, co-operation, education, are of high level and provide effectiveness and good results. We also introduced the audit standards for our operations.
The implemented quality system refers to the working and service standards, obligatory evaluation, staff qualifications.
INT employs over 10 persons who have university degrees and PH.D, have experience in project implementation, conducting and organization of trainings. INT co-operates with more than 20 experienced trainers of diverse areas and mixed age. We put a stress on quality – we implemented the training and monitoring of effectiveness standards which allow us to offer high quality educational events and services. We are accredited as a training center by Entrepreneurship Development Foundation and we are recognized as training center by authorities (confirming documents).
INT has many years of experience in the organization of training courses, conferences, promotion and use of new technologies in education and entrepreneurship. INT has established close cooperation with companies, authorities, other NGOs in order to fulfill its statutory activities, education, promotion of entrepreneurship and strengthening the third sector. We also have significant experience in conducting training for diverse audiences. Trainings are conducted for the following areas : entrepreneurship, personal skills, self-presentation, time management, ICT, volunteering, NGO activities, communication, motivation, promotion and marketing etc.
A special and very large group of our listeners are elderly, there are more and more persons with disabilities.
The organization’s activities are adapted to the current needs of the market, hence the continuing need to acquire new knowledge, exchange experiences and increasing competence.
So far, INT completed dozens of projects of regional, national and international level. One of our priority objectives is the implementation of workshops, training and consulting for a variety of audiences using modern methods and tools. So far we have trained more than 3,000 people, working with a group of about 20 coaches / trainers – including some with disabilities and 50+. Especially important for us is to work with disadvantaged people, volunteers and NGOs.
INT has a broad base of trainers from various fields. About 20 coaches work for INT and other staff play other roles : project management, sourcing partners and sponsors , financial management organization. Coaches specialize in the training of soft abilities as well as in the training of skills and competences (team management , leadership , time management , negotiation ) and hard training ( with PC support , cashier, project management, ICT on different levels). Coaches are people with years of experience and practical training, graduates, one person holds a PhD in economics. Several people are over 65. INT trainers participated in trips within the Grundtvig Programme. They were very useful trainings, which resulted in significant changes to lead and organize training and their effectiveness. The effects are visible both during training and evaluation surveys. In addition, abroad workshops provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and establish long-term cooperation.