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DC4WORK last project activities

White paper: Learning in a digital age – a job-related approach

The DC4WORK white paper is already available on the project's website. The study revealed three very interesting facts:
  1. Digital technologies are widely used in the companies of tourism and commerce/trade: more than half of the organisations have Desktop PC (88,5%), Smartphones (85,8%), Notebooks with Web Access (69%) and Tablet (54,0%).
  2. Many functions of these sectors require the use of key digital competencies, namely: communication and collaboration, safety and content creation.
  3. Despite companies recognise that they can benefit from having a strategy for the evaluation and development of employees’ digital competencies, the reality shows that most of the companies, particularly the SMEs, don’t have a strategy for this, mostly due to lack of vision, know-how, time and investment to do it. With our project, we set stimulations for enterprises to think about digital competences of their employees and initiate some activities for up-skilling. For that the project consortium suggests to identify one employee responsible for the definition, monitoring and implementation of the company digital strategy for staff development – the “digital competencies promoter” in SMEs. The project provides some guidelines for him/her and some tools to facilitate his/her work.
The latter is being tested right now and can be found later on the project's website.  


Online Toolbox

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.
Visit Finland works to develop Finland’s travel image 
and helps Finnish travel companies to internationalize, develop, sell and market high-quality travel products.

Guidelines “Digital competence promoter” in SME

The concrete output will be a guideline for the training of the digital competences promoter, set up according to ECVET criteria and to be used by training providers but also companies who wish to establish a promoter themselves.

Please, if you would like to share your comments on this don't hesitate to contact Margit Kerschbaumer & Othmar Tamerl (BFI Tirol). 

Partners dissemination activities


HAMK Training Week

On 20-22 May, HAMK project partner will organise a training week at Hämeenlinna (Finland)

The learning activity will contain the following working units, each of them taking up one day of learning and training:
  1. Introduction: The European concept of digital competences – what is the DIGICOMP framework and how to apply it? 
  2. Sensitising SMEs for digital competence improvement
  3. Digital learning (WBL 4.0) opportunities meetings the needs and resources of SMEs
  4. Summary: Recommendations for the practical implementation for the DC4WORK guidelines
The event is addressed to trainers of partner organizations and the goal will be to pilot IO2 guidelines and IO3 online toolbox for digital competence promoters plus review those tools with practitioners. 


Promoting Digital Competences for a Job 4.0 event

On 7 March, EfVET organised the Multiplier event "DC4Work: Promoting Digital Competences for Job 4.0" in Brussels. 

Stela Stancheva (EfVET) offered some interesting insights on the project and its outputs: White Paper, Guidelines for the training of the digital competences promoter and an Online Toolbox. She focused her intervention on the dynamics we are immersed in nowadays. With the Industry 3.0 (Digital) ongoing at the same time as Industry 4.0 (Communication & Connectivity) which is evolving quickly towards a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering and other technologies, many believe that 2019 will be the year of transformation into Industry 5.0.

The job market is evolving at an extremely fast pace triggered by new technologies and the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence making it a complex environment. It is crucial that digital competences promoters learn about the various leadership styles in order to empower the company and the staff by encouraging digital competences and competitiveness. In the time of knowledge-based economy and continuous digital transformation only learning organisations will be competitive.

EU Industry Days 2019

EU Industry Days gathered around 1,800 participants from across Europe and beyond, including stakeholders representing industry, trade unions, national and regional authorities, and civil society. Between January and March 2019, local and open doors' events will take place around Europe under the EU Industry Week.

News on industry 4.0

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