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Dig4All and Swat: Training with Certified Skills

Dig4All e Swat, formazione con competenze certificate
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Dig4All and Swat: Training with Certified Skills

Dig4All and Swat: Training with Certified Skills

Greater recognition and value on the job market, in collaboration with University of Roma Tre and IT Logix

The training courses developed for Projects Swat and Dig4All entail the presentation of digital certificates attesting the acquired skills, as per current legislation. In particular,  a digital badge will certify the acquired skills based on national and European standards that will allow for greater recognition and value on the job market, in collaboration with the University of Roma Tre and IT Logix.

In concrete terms, what is the added value of certifying skills for NEETs and women? Onelia Onorati spoke with Labour Law Professor Silvia Ciucciovino, from the University of Roma Tre.

In this case, “certifying skills” means that the courses are designed from the outset to provide skills that are truly valuable on the job market and the acquisition of micro-credentials. At the end of the course, participants will receive a digital badge certifying their skills on standard national and European system. Therefore, there are two objectives. The first is two adopt a certification standard for digital training such as individual digital badges (unalterable and portable) ; the second is to validate training based on a coherent certification system adaptable to European and national systems. The acquired skills will be professionally certified on the basis of the European Framework for Digital Skills (DigComp-2) and related to the national “Atlante del Lavoro” certification system.

So, participants completing a SWAT (dedicated to 250 women aged 18-50) or DIG4All (for 240 youth, aged 16-34) will have greater opportunities in both Italy and Europe thanks to the open badge?

Certainly, and not only! They will have the opportunity to receive a certificate that is not only based on international technological standards guaranteeing its inalterability, but also to present their skills precisely and reliably, in a manner compatible with European and national certification systems. And this is only the starting point, as certification holders will be able to take further courses and pursue their specializations, acquiring further certifications that can also be used to obtain the formal recognition of a professional qualification through the public certification system.

Why a “Work Atlas”?

The Work Atlas is an important tool to map professional profiles and skills at the national level. Acquiring certified skills means helping people and labour market operators to better match supply and demand and profile individual professional characteristics to find the most suitable professional course. Today, training often does not take into consideration the aspect of skill certification. However, it’s important to give training a true value, beyond a mere course certification, clearly describing the acquired skills. We have to aim on the recognition of micro-credentials, digital certifications, and even short courses, to guarantee a greater value on the job market. This is the aim of the “Atlante System” managed by INAPP (Institute for the Analysis of Public Policy). The atlas provides a detailed mapping of work and qualifications. It describes all the professional profiles at the national and regional level in every economic sector, with associated skills and specific identification codes.

So, can we think about European “licenses”?

Imagine a professional curriculum as a house composed of many bricks representing an individual’s skills being constantly updated. With the right foundations, we can build a solid and adaptable building that can quickly adjust to changing contexts by adding bricks, learning and skills that combine with the previous ones, to provide access to the labour market in a competitive manner. Every single brick increases the value of all the other bricks, as well it is transparently certified adequately and can be recognized in both European and national contexts.

What is the ideal profile for participation in Dig4All and Swat courses?

We are thinking about an audience that cannot present itself with recognised skills, that cquires indispensible tools, which can lead to further specialisations.  These projects are perfect for anyone who wishes to have greater employment opportunities and exploit professional training that is strategic to the labour market.

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