LEADS Best practices

Assessing and recognising individually acquired digital competencies through the digital skills profile platform

Type

Certification/Accreditation

Beneficiaries

Labour force employed, Labour force unemployed, Non-STEM background

Contacts

Valerie Michaelis, Deputy Seretary General, Fit4internet, Pact for Skills and Digital Skills and Jobs Coallition

Context
  • Fit4internet, is a non-profit association that qualifies and quantifies digital literacy among the Austrian population, to match available ICT skills with existing market needs.
  • The digital skills profile platform is a core employability-boosting intiative facilitating the collective management of individually acquired proof of skills.
Action
  • Platform to manage proof of competences for individuals, based on DigComp and the European qualification framework. Digital skills become visible and comparable in a standardised way.
  • E-portfolio shareable by link or PDF, highlighting digital competencies linked to acquired certificates.
  • Generation of a digital skills profile and badge.
Challenge
  • Managing proof of competencies acquired through various ways of learning, including formal, non-formal and informal certificates.
  • Securing a sustainabe funding stream to finance new competencies.
Key takeaways

Engage multiple stakeholders from academia, industry and policy to agree upon holistic and useful digital competency frameworks. Using widely applied frameworks to measure skills gaps helps individuals and institutions to plan accordingly and improve rates of reinsertion into the labour force. Companies benefit from knowing the skillsets that are being provided.