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Digital Innovations for Growth Academy
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Digital Innovations for Growth Academy meets the strategic need defined in the Bruges Communique to improve the capacity of Vocational Education and Training to respond to the changing requirements of the labour market and to adapt VET to keep pace with shifts to new technologies, work organisation and internationalisation. Building upon the experiences of previous successful Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation projects the Strategic Partnership recognised that within the Business Skills VET sector Enterprise Trainers and Educators require an in-depth knowledge in the deployment of digital tools, ICT and the internet to enable them to effectively help SME learners to become digitally competent and to be able utilise the knowledge within business processes. However, current VET programmes, for teachers and learners in this sector focus upon traditional business development and do not address the new digital innovation context. This project aims to enable the enhanced deployment of digital and ICT tools by VET enterprise trainers and educators 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. 2. Develop VET programmes to support the changing needs of the EU workforce/economy in particular through the integration of ICT and digital literacy 3. Ensure that VET programmes are equally open and accessible to women and men learners. The Digital Innovations for Growth Academy will develop • a comprehensive research analysis defining the training needs, in a business development and learner context, of enterprise trainers and educators • a new VET curriculum and ICT and digital literacy competency framework for enterprise trainers and educators. • a training and development programme with comprehensive materials and on-line resources to support blended learning • a detailed Trainer Guidance manual which incorporates pedagogy and technical support Digital Innovations for Growth Academy operates through a Strategic Partnership from seven member states. The partners are from the social, private and public sectors. Through the testing and piloting of the Programme materials the project will include 120 enterprise trainers and educators from five partner countries. The programme materials and key communications will be translated into four languages from English, and will be openly available on-line through the project website. This project will therefore focus on developing an effective VET model for enterprise trainers and educators which will directly assist them in acquiring new knowledge and skills; and will enable the future delivery of digitally literate VET programmes and enable their learners and SMEs to deploy digital technologies effectively and with the greatest impact.

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