Work-based learning in a digital age – promoting digital competences for better employability and innovation Erasmus Project

General information for the Work-based learning in a digital age – promoting digital competences for better employability and innovation Erasmus Project

Work-based learning in a digital age – promoting digital competences for better employability and innovation Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Work-based learning in a digital age – promoting digital competences for better employability and innovation

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship); ICT – new technologies – digital competences; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

The DC4Work project focused on the necessary digital skills that a workplace 4.0 needs. A digitally well-set company needs employees who have professional specific digital knowledge and competences. Studies presented those to be the decisive factor for companies’ performance and success in the so-called digital age – especially in sectors with high priority on communiation and customer orientation (tourism & commerce). For this purpose the project suggested to appoint a “Digital competence promoter” in companies (SMEs) or organizations in these 2 sectors. His/her job is to guide colleagues on digital competences improvement integrated into their work and raise awareness for digital changes. In order to support SMEs on their way and establish a promoter for digital competences of staff (from apprentices to seniors) the project achieved 3 main results:
1) After having detected a general need for digital upskilling in SMEs prior to the project proposal the consortium carried out an online survey addressed to SMEs in the pre-defined sectors as well as interviews with experts from research, administration and practice. Their aim was to better understand the awareness and concrete practices existent in SMEs in the participating partner countries concerning measurement, promotion and development of employees’ digital competences at their workplace. The output, a White paper on learning in the digital age, summarized key-study results leading to a qualified foundation for the subsequent output and provided business benefits in terms of recommendations for SMEs on how and why to promote digital competences of their employees.
2) The second project results were guidelines basically for executives in SMEs and trainers of digital competences. By defining learning outcomes and describing concrete learning activities at the work place, they facilitated the training of DC promoters but also deepened the understanding of what the DC promoter should know, e.g. for self-study approaches. Picking up the topics detected during the consultation of the target groups in the study phase, these guidelines addressed competences and topics most in need but also added an innovative component by complementing concepts such as learning organisations, open badges, collaborative learning which were new to many enterprise staff in the given sectors. This way the guidelines contributed to an increasing level of digital competence in SMEs and deepened trainers’, managers’ and developers’ understanding and knowledge of how to transform SMEs in the digital age by focussing on staff and their digital skills. Although the project placed an emphasis on the tourism and commerce sectors, the guideline could also be re-used to train promoters in companies of other sectors or scope.
3) In order to translate the guidelines into practice and make the DC promoter working effectively an online toolbox 4.0 was created. It explained the role of the DC promoter, provided training material and tools´s for him/her and was completed by a section on the DigitalCompetence Framework 2.1. The toolbox 4.0 combined different ways of facilitating learning, e.g.short texts, prezis, explanation videos, reports, graphs etc. structured in a way from more general knowledge to more specific topics regarding the two sectors in focus. The guidelines and the toolbox 4.0 have been tested with about 70 people during a learning & training activity and with a MOOC to ensure their quality and workability for the target group. The participants feedback confirmed a high potential of transferability of the two training modules No. 3 “Methods how to improve digital competences in my company” and No. 6 “Basics for digital competences development in SMEs (cross sectors)” to SMEs of other sectors, different types of companies from digital novices to the more advanced and further target groups such as consultants, business trainers or students of other educational sectors. This was because of their transversal approach and relevance also for other contexts.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 297295 Eur

Project Coordinator

IHK- PROJEKTGESELLSCHAFT MBH & Country: DE

Project Partners

  • MENTORTEC SERVICOS DE APOIO A PROJECTOS TECNOLOGICOS SA
  • BFI TIROL BILDUNGS GMBH
  • EUROPEAN FORUM OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
  • HAMEEN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY