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

Erasmus+ 2017-1-DE02-KA202-004185

The Challenge

Big companies already responded to digitalization creating a new VET profile "Chief Digital Officer", who is responsible for the adoption of digital technologies across a business. SMEs are also caught between the increasing digitalization of the world of work and the expectations placed on them, in terms of productivity and innovation.

As they are driven by daily business they often lack time and resources to strategically deal with digital challenges. For that reason they need an employee who is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to accompany their digital transformation starting with the digital competences of staff.

He/she should be able to:

- raise the awareness of staff what digitalization requires of them and why
- actively use informal learning at the workplace with ICT (work-based-learning 4.0)
- assess existing digital competences of staff with DigComp
  propose means to improve digital competences of staff according to their needs.

Therefore we will develop a training course and facilitating means targeted to "digital competence promoters" in SMEs. This person is considered to be an commited employee who knows daily working routines rather than an expert in this field. It can be a head of department, a team leader or a digital competent member of staff. Since the promoter might be commited but not an expert he needs a concrete training to be able to fulfill his tasks with high utility value and quality.

The Outputs:

Internationale Projekte
White paper „Learning in a digital age – a job related approach

Our research activities will lead to a consensus on possible scenarios and recommendations towards a common framework how to tackle digital skills mismatch concerning a) transversal digital skills but also b) sector-specific digital skills needed by employees in SMEs.



Guidelines “Digital competence promoter”
Toolbox 4.0.

This toolbox is the main instrument for the digital competence promoter in order to fulfill his tasks. It is linked to IO2, the guidelines for promoters, and contains a collection of suitable tools, both e-based and non-e-based, taken from previous projects of partners and adaption of them or redeveloped during the project. The online toolbox will put a special focus on attractive and accessible learning material in terms of videos.

a selection of good practice examples and success stories
the summarized recommendations of IO1
the DigComp framework and hints for its application
handouts with useful background information on the relevance of digital competences,
criteria for a supportive digital learning environment, 
hints for change management etc., all underlined by figures and trends and attractively layouted.


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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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