In the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) of the OECD (2013), Vocational Education and Training (VET) professionals report a significant need for more fully developed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills (18%) and more effective incorporation of new technologies in the workplace (16%). According to the survey, most VET teachers and trainers do not consider themselves digitally confident or able to teach digital skills effectively, with as many as 70% of respondents stating that they need more training. This is further borne out by the European Commission’s agenda Innovative Teaching and Learning for All Through New Technologies and Open Educational Resources (COM (2013) 654 final). There is clearly an ever-growing need for VET professionals with improved ICT skills, who are better equipped to prepare their students to meet the needs of the labour market – thus more effectively bridging the gap between education and the world of work.
Helping VET professionals become more digitally competent
Furthering the professional development of VET trainers and teachers, thus achieving a systemic impact on teaching quality and learning outcomes
• Removing the most significant barriers to continuous professional development – namely schedule conflicts, a lack of incentives and prohibitive costs
Comply with the current budgetary conditions in utilising all opportunities provided by the opening up of education
V-UPGRATeS is a comprehensive programme with which VET professionals can assess and improve their digital skills. First, participants are invited to take an ICT skills audit, upon which they receive detailed test results and suggestions for specific V-UPGRATeS online courses. After completing a given online course, users have the opportunity to test their newly acquired knowledge by completing practical tasks. Upon successful completion of this threefold learning process, each user receives a V-UPGRATeS certificate.
Project Target Groups
VET trainers and teachers looking to improve their digital skills in order to teach more effectively and be better equipped to prepare their students for the labour market.