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Tackling TVET challenges: New Qualifications and Competencies | Greening | Digitalization | Entrepreneurship | Migration
In view of ever faster technological innovation cycles, students and employees engaging in initial and continuing TVET increasingly need to acquire digital skills and competencies. Within Europe, digitalization is reshaping millions of jobs, with digital technologies widely used in the workplace. Most jobs require basic digital skills such as the ability to communicate via email or social media, create and edit digital documents, search for information, and protect personal information online (EC).
In addition, TVET needs to address the need for advanced digital technologies, which are changing our labour markets and open up new opportunities for businesses today. Such technologies include artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D technologies, and augmented and virtual reality. In many of these highly dynamic and advanced fields, digitalization can also lead to the creation of new job profiles.
New jobs related to the development, maintenance and upgrading of artificial intelligence technologies and big data infrastructures are among those expected to grow (EC, 2019).
Preparing learners for the rapidly changing digital world requires regular updates in curricula and training regulations to cover new skills and competencies, as well as adjustments in the way these are taught. Accordingly, TVET teaching staff need to be aware of new and evolving digital trends and tools, and also be able to effectively incorporate and teach these to students as they prepare to enter the workforce and meet the demands of digital economies.
The following measures can be implemented at an institutional, local or country level to address the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities arising from the current digital trends:
This summary captures the key outcomes of the thematic BILT Workshop on ‘Digitalization’, held at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) in Oslo, Norway, on 02-03 October 2019.
This European Commission report aims to shed light on some of the key drivers which are worth taking into account when assessing the effect of new technologies on the future of work and skills. It combines a synthesis of the most recent and robust sc ...
Learning from Cedefop’s European skills and jobs survey
This publication focuses on a topic of critical concern for policy-makers in recent years: skill mis-match. Cedefop has been active in skill mismatch research and analysis for almost a decade now, identifying significant areas of concern and contenti ...
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