We will enhance digital learning
Digital Innovations for Growth Academy (DIGA) will develop a new, innovative ICT and digital training programme for staff delivering vocational education and training in the fields of entrepreneurship and business development. This training will provide opportunities for Enterprise Trainers and Educators (ETE) to attain focused learning on digital literacy, digital knowledge and understanding, digital skills and digital tools and processes.
This project will result in the enhanced deployment of digital and ICT tools by ETE and improve their digital competencies in order to address the key needs to:
1. Develop the ICT and digital skills, knowledge and capacity of VET trainers to enable them to support learners within SMEs more effectively and encourage greater adoption of digital and ICT tools.
The UNESCO framework on ICT and digital economy identifies three complementary and overlapping approaches that are central to supporting digital and ICT adoption; technology literacy, knowledge deepening and knowledge creation and the DIGA Academy intends to contribute to this proposed framework by: Increasing the technological skills of ETE by developing their technology literacy and cascading that learning to SMEs; Developing and implementing ICT and Digital theory and practice with ETE through a knowledge deepening process which improve their skills, knowledge, and understanding; Developing and testing a transferable VET model of learning which focuses on ICT / digital knowledge development; Developing a digital programme which is recognised part of professional VET educators workforce development and is matched against quality systems and best practice proposals for each country referenced in EQAVET.
2. Adapt VET programmes to support the changing needs of the EU workforce/economy: Developing more ICT/ Digital capable training infrastructure.
DIGA will provide ETE communities with the necessary ICT and digital knowledge to help SME learners adopt digital and ICT strategies. Studies suggest that US growth companies are 8.5% more productive than EU owned firms and that over 80% of this advantage is explained by better use of training and development & more effective deployment of ICT.
3. Ensure that VET programmes are equally open and accessible to women and men learners.
DIGA will reduce gender bias in the design and implementation of the programme by utilising gender equality knowledge and scrutinising its development through a ‘gender lens’
Digital Innovations for Growth Academy (DIGA) Project will bring together a dynamic European Partnership, linking seven organisations from across Europe. The partners involved are:
- The Women’s Organisation, UK
- Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
- Economic Institute of Maribor, Human Resource Development Centre, Slovenia
- European Centre for Women and Technology, Norway
- Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology, Bulgaria
- Social Innovation Fund, Lithuania
- Inercia Digital, Spain
Here are the partners pictured at a visit to The Women's Organisation in 2015
Download latest reports from the DIGA project below:
Dr Briga Hynes from the University of Limerick and lead author of the DIGA research report highlights key messages in a series of briefing papers:
- Going Digital in the Small Firm – Is it all about technology!!!
- Adopting Digital – Digital Dilemma’s Encountered in the Entrepreneurial Context
DIGA Learning Programme
DIGA partners have been developing a new program to provide ETE communities with the necessary ICT and digital knowledge to help SME learners adopt digital and ICT strategies. To enable this they have developed an Educators Curriculum of 5 module learning program that will soon be piloted in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. Further information on each module is available here:
Pioneering Women - Business Digital Mastermind - Wednesday 18th November Liverpool, UK. Click here for more information
DIGA Project Holds Dissemination Event In Brussels. Click here for more information
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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. Any publications or communications reflect 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.