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.
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.