The ACORN DP intended to engage companies in learning networks with the aim of creating six networks consisting of six to seven companies centered around a lead company. The companies could be in the same supply chain or geographically local to each other, with a number of employees from each company being involved in some type of learning.
The programme was about empowerment and equal opportunities for all and therefore the ACORN Project looked to engage companies who wanted to improve their equal opportunities policies or approach to equal opportunities. The beneficiaries were those most disadvantaged in the workforce. The DP brought together expertise from universities, colleges, the private sector and partners in other European countries.
The project aimed to provide improved workplace learning opportunities in the following areas: