Title: IntoDIGITS - An Innovative Toolkit for Trainers for the Development of the DIGITAL &
Numeracy Competence for Low Skilled Adults
Low skilled adults are one of the groups that is strongly influenced from the effects of EU financial crisis as the EU Labour Force Survey data clearly indicates. Low-skilled workers were more severely hit as their employment rates strongly decreased (ECB Report 138). One of the problems that prevent the integration of low-skilled adults in labour market is their lack of proper training.
Additionally a large survey carried out by OECD on a large sample of adults from all EU
countries (OECD 2013 - The Survey of Adult Skills) indicates that adults with low literacy,
numeracy and digital skills report poorer health, lower income, lower civic engagement, less trust and are threatened with social exclusion.
The project aims to fill the gap by suggesting integrated approaches and providing a mix of skills for numeracy and digital literacy therefore responding to the exact needs of the target group. IntoDIGITS suggests the empowerment of low skilled adults by developing 42 trainer’s digital tools for the implementation of innovative workshops/activities that develop the numeracy and digital skills.
This project builds upon a successfully completed project, EMKIT. The objective of EMKIT was to tailor a trainer’s empowerment online tool in order to empower low skilled adults to reach active citizenship (AC).
EMKIT was based on the AC ladder (scale), an innovation introduced in EMKIT.
This scale suggests that an adult who is living in isolation (stage1) must progress through all stages in order to achieve AC.
These stages are:
• Going Outside
• Joining In
• Voluntary Work
• Working on Professional Qualifications
• Active Citizenship
For each of these stages EMKIT online provides:
• information on the challenges of that stage
• actions to be taken to empower low skilled adults to progress to the next stage
• suggested mentoring activities/workshops and expected outcomes.
Via the EMKIT toolkit a trainer can access 35 digital interactive tools (i.e 35 activities/short
workshops) that can be implemented to progress from one level/stage to the next higher level.
The project’s main output is being used until today in Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Cyprus.
IntoDIGITS aims to:
• Develop 2 Qualification Frameworks for the Numeracy and Digital Competence (NDC)
tailored for the specific target group in a specific context,
• Develop 42 online digital tools for the newly developed workshops for trainers for the
development of the NDC and incorporate then in a new online tool (IntoDIGITS),
• Develop a digital assessment tool that will assess the numeracy and digital skills in link to
the adult’s current position on the AC scale.
The direct target group is trainers/mentors who work with low-skilled adults (i.e trainers/mentors in Adult/VET Education and mentors at Public Employment Services). Trainers will benefit by a more complete new tool that also develops 2 important context specific competences (i.e. NDCompetences for low skilled adults to progress on the AC scale)
Also, low-skilled adults will benefit by provisioning a high-quality tool that encompasses activities enabling them to access/improve their position in the labour market and become active citizens.