MatchED – Matching Education and Digitalisation
To prepare the next generation for the digital change and to facilitate the career entry for graduates, our idea is to combine a web-based learning platform for students with a web-based information platform for employers. This is called MatchED.
In this way, the problem of a lack of qualification in the labour market can be decreased from both sides, so that graduates can gain specific qualification for their aspired career. For four terms the students in year 11 and 12 take the program. Students work self-contained at home, as self-dependency and the willingness to learn are important skills in the digital age. Schools can hardly offer the necessary hardware and facilities, which is why we chose to design a program which can be taken by all students, using their own devices.
However, it is supervised by teachers, who will also control the process and test the students at the end of each term.
The Learning Platform
The platform MatchED is designed for students to acquire specific skills, which are necessary for the digital age. Receiving a certificate upon successful completion of the program, allows students to document their skills in the application process. The students have to fulfil different tasks in every competence cluster, to gain points.
There are basic tasks, such as word processing and proper research, which everyone has to complete and additional tasks, which intensify the topics to gain additional points. In this way, students can gain skills, depending on what they need for their future.
The Platform for Employers
The counterpart of the certificate is a platform for employers, which are looking for qualified apprentices. Employers name the desired digital skills for the different apprenticeship training positions or jobs and can even specify the minimum of points, which the students need to acquire for the application process. Thereby students and those, who enter the working life, have the opportunity to design their individual training in the program, to gain the specifically suited skills for the career or company they want to apply for.
How does it work?
To determine particular skills effectively it is necessary to cooperate with experts and politicians, especially in the area of digitalization, which is constantly changing. Only within an official framework and with professional support the program and its certificate reach professional status and facilitate a successful career entry.
The report “ICT for Work: Digital Skills in the Workplace“ on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) published by the European Commission shows that digital skills are required in all types of jobs. Digitalization is fastly gaining importance for employers and employees alike.
80 percent of the companies expect fundamental digital skills. However, only twelve percent of employers try to educate their employees actively. The outcome of this is that the biggest potential stands by the power of student´s preparation.
The YES! 2017 team of the Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp introduces itself here on their profile page.
Further information about the team and the project can be found here:
School’s website: http://rhs-trappenkamp.de/
The digital age comes with far-reaching technological transformations. The emergence of the “Internet of Things” fosters networked production, allowing to satisfy diversified consumers’ demands. While those changes on the production side will help to better match consumers’ demand, they will also lead to substantial changes in the nature of labour demand.
The ongoing technological transformations are potentially labour-saving, allowing for a substitution of labour, i.e. human workforce, with capital, i.e. machinery. This does not only refer to the quantity of labour input, but also to its quality. However, technological change does also have the potential to create new jobs for workers who are able to complement technology with their specific skills. The structure of labour demand will change, increasingly rewarding human skills which complement technology. Broadly speaking, the employability of workers depends on their human capital, i.e. the aggregate cognitive and non-cognitive skills they have acquired over the course of their life-cycle. Those skills can be classified into three structurally different (though partially overlapping) sets of skills, namely “theoretical skills”, “practical skills” and “non-cognitive skills”.
Providing an educational infrastructure for vocational training, which conveys practical skills as well as theoretical and non-cognitive skills, is thus one essential prerequisite to successfully prepare workers for the digital age.
What skills for the new digital age are required and how to best teach them? What are principles for the education and training in the digital age? How to revisit the national education and training policies against the background of the current technological transformations? What measures must be taken to ensure a high employability of the workforce? Which incentives are needed to participate in advanced training?
Find out more about the YES! 2017 team of the Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp here on their introduction website. If you want to know more about the YES! 2017 team of the Anne-Frank-Schule Bargteheide visit their profile page here.
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