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Digital Innovation in Training
Start date: Nov 1, 2014, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project DIGIT– Digital Innovation in Training – is addressed to 100 students attending the ultimate and pen-ultimate year of secondary school in the Province of Macerata and it aims at strengthening, within their educational and training path, the use of innovative and flexible methodologies, in order to link school preparation with practical activities, through the experience of transnational mobility. This initiative is promoted by the Chamber of Commerce of Macerata and it aims at developing the participants’ technical-professional and transversal competences in the sector of Digital innovation. The project meets therefore the strategy of EUROPE 2020 and, in particular, the European and Italian Agenda wishing to utilize the potential of ITC technology in order to support innovation, economic growth and progress. The development of digital competencies is fundamental for ensuring that young people are able to access the modern job market and for allowing them a full participation and inclusion in today’s digital society. The project is based on the innovative and involving method of alternation of education and training and it answers the needs of the targeted students. In fact, recent research showed that, despite the numerous advancement of the modern school system, newly graduated high school students are often not prepared to approach the job market because they: - possess basic skills and competencies but lack technical and operative skills usable in the job market; - show a natural incline towards digital and web technology, but they are not “digital competent”, that is their knowledge of digital technology is not adequate to a work context; - show a general lack of confidence in their possibilities and dissatisfaction with the work environment, which is felt more acutely in this period of crisis; - have transversal competences (team work, communication skills, problem solving attitude), but only tried in the school environment; - have a limited knowledge of the local production system due to the absence of a true contact with the labour market. The mobility experience will be preceded by a thorough linguistic, cultural, pedagogical and sectorial preparation (25 hour distance language training, propaedeutic seminars, orientation to job market or university, 1 module on labour law and work safety, 1 open day with local companies). This preparation will sustain future choices and encourage participation in innovative training experiences, open to a European context. The training process will be organized according to individual Learning Agreement that will be structured in terms of learning outcomes, in order to facilitate their recognition trough the ECVET system. The work experience will last three weeks, between May and November 2015, and take place in companies in England, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and Malta. During the work placements the participants will be able to integrate the theoretical contents of their educational programme with competencies and technical skills better suited to the demands of the job market, also in an European context. The following results are expected: - development of technical and professional competencies, in respect to the chosen sectors and according to a recognised, certified and validated path; - improvement in accessing the job market, thanks to a better understanding of the local economic structure; - promotion of training programmes aiming to improve the quality of employment and long life learning; - support to the adoption of principles and methods of ECVET (MoU and Learning Agreement) when planning educational paths. Another element of strenght of the project DIGIT is the VET National Consortium, that includes key actors of the educational and training system, as well as associations and companies that operates in the sector of digital innovation, all wishing to improve the sinergy between training and workplace, in order to increase the opportunities for young people to access the job market. The project, therefore, will strive to pose the basis for a stable cooperation of the partnership, aiming at overcoming the fragmentation still existing in the sector of education, training and job services.
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