COVID-19 has had a strong impact on the digital transformation of companies and organisations. Overnight the world has gone digital and we all need to adapt quickly to the new reality. The hybridisation of jobs, i.e. digital competences + other specialised skills, is a matter of keeping or losing a job.
Knowledge in digital skills is nowadays required even in traditionally non-technical jobs, such as (i) social care or (ii) artistic, entertainment and cultural activities.
Before COVID, these sectors demanded many job opportunities in which low-skilled people had possibilities.
But today, they are the sectors that have suffered the most from the COVID crisis. With high levels of unemployment, closure of micro and small businesses, total loss of income and great uncertainty about the future they will face.
ACSOL was created to respond to the needs faced by these sectors. And thanks to the funding of Erasmus +, the coordination of the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE) and the different project Partners, the aim is to form these groups that have been so affected by Covid.
The ultimate aim of the ACSOL project is to expand adult digital skills training provision through online learning targeting two covid-19 vulnerable sectors: workers in social care/health support and workers in the entertainment, arts and culture sector.
To this purpose, the Consortium will design and develop an e-learning toolkit, which will enhance the digital literacy skills and specific skills of current low-skilled workers, through training so that they can cope with the crisis caused by COVID-19 and increase their chances of improving their working conditions.
- To create the conditions for making lifelong learning and employability a competitive advantage for workers in social care and entertainment, arts and culture activities in our participating regions.
- To develop new digital approaches to training matching specific sectorial needs on social care and entertainment, arts and culture activities.
- To provide low-skilled workers and micro size companies with digital skills through open educational resources.
- To increase the awareness of EU business and VET community about the importance of supporting workers with digital skill.
WHO ARE OUR TARGET GROUPS?
- Social care
- Art, entertainment and culture activities.
RESULTS OF THE PROJECT
The ACSOL intellectual outputs and activities will have a series of long-lasting impacts and there will be especially significant impact on the target users of the Toolkit. The low-skilled European workforce of the social care sector and the culture sector will be benefitting from our toolkit because it will help them acquire the digital skills they need both to access online, distance or blended training, and to maintain or transform their jobs in these sectors.
- O1: Guide to digital Skills in the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture sector.
- O2: Key strategies and contents on digital skills for hybridization of jobs in the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture sector.
- O3: Online-learning Toolkit for Workers of the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture sector.
The ACSOL Consortium, composed by 7 multidisciplinary partners, represents various types of organisations. The partnership is therefore an integrated working team with complementary skills in labour market and skill analysis, employment, VET, eLearning development, platform design and policy and programme management from Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Romania and Germany. As a result, this project reflects different viewpoints on and experiences with skill and labour market and eLearning. Because of the diversity of network partners, the project will be able to reach a broad audience.
The Acsol International Conference will take place in Timisoara
The 22nd of September will take place the Acsol International Conference “Changing Digital Skills after Covid”. To participate physically or virtually register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-digital-skills-after-covid-tickets-163464511755
The Acsol project gets started
Lanbide leads this new Erasmus+ project to train low-skilled people in digital skills. It will focus on two sectors affected by Covid-19: Healthcare and Entertainment, art and culture.
The objective of the ACSOL project is to expand training in digital skills for adults through online learning focused on these two sectors deeply affected by the pandemic. In this sense, the aim is to achieve a training adapted to the different profiles and that identifies the key digital skills related to digital transformation in both industries, taking into account the specific challenges and opportunities of these jobs; create the conditions for lifelong learning to be a competitive advantage for these people; as well as increasing the awareness of the business and vocational training community in the EU about the importance of digital skills and lifelong learning to ensure a qualified workforce.
Lanbide's partners in this project are the Federation of Trade Unions of England and Wales, the Universities of Exeter (United Kingdom), Milan Bicocca (Italy), West Timiosara (Romania) and Magdeburg (Germany), and the Spanish company specialized in prospective and strategic studies Prospektiker.
OUTPUT 1: Guide to digital Skills in the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture Sector
OUTPUT 2: Key strategies and contents on digital skills for hybridization of jobs in the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture sector
OUTPUT 3: Online learning Toolkit for Workers of the social care sector and the arts, entertainment and culture sector
The outputs of the project will be made available as soon as they are developed (2022-2023).
LANBIDE – Servicio Vasco de Empleo (Basque Employment Service)
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