The project aIMS(M) takes inspiration from the Recommendation “A new skills agenda for Europe” (COM 2016 – 381 Final) which urges to up-skill and re-skill the European labour force with digital skills, in order to keep it productive in the jobs and support adults to acquire a minimum level of key competences and/or acquire a broader set of skills necessary to progress towards an upper secondary qualification or equivalent. Then, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition calls for wide coalitions to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe, due to the fact that 90% of jobs require some level of digital skills whatever the sector; all jobs will change and many will disappear while one third of the EU workforce has insufficient digital skills. Yet, 20% of them has never used the internet. The Recommendation “Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults” (2016/C 484/01) highlights that also those jobs that traditionally require none or low skills are currently becoming more and more demanding. Moreover, in the near future, the vast majority of the jobs will require a certain degree of digital competences, while an increasing number of elementary jobs will at least require some basic or generic competences.
The project aIMS(M) is a pan-European educational pathway for unemployed, low-skilled long-term migrant adults, which intends to:
- contribute to the digital citizenship, meant as open access and participation in the society with a full digital awareness;
- contribute to the digital inclusion, meant as quality of opportunities in the use of the network and for the development of a fun-innovative culture. These goals are pursued through the following Intellectual Outputs:
IO1 is an online self-assessment that adapt the framework DIGCOM 2.0 to the needs of long term unemployed adult migrants and or refugees, to foster their digital competences, needed to implement work-related activities. The result of this IO is to set learning goals and identify training opportunities in all the areas of the framework.
IO2 an online self assessment tool that adapts the framework DIGCOMP 2.0 to long term unemployed low skilled adults. The results of this IO are a MOOC tailored on migrants and adults and completed by guidelines to be used by professional counsellors and educators for adults as well as by all those professional figures involved in supporting activities for job seekers.
IO3 is a methodological pathway to collect evidences and appreciative references to support the validation of the learning. The result of this IO is procedural methodology (guide) for the appreciative validation of non-formal competence of low skilled adults.
IO4 consists of workshops and the Guidelines to give to staff members and teachers the instruments to talk and interact with public administrations and other beneficiaries. It is the moment to test the effective result and efficiency of the previous outputs. It is aimed to be a useful tool in the hands of employees and learners.