AIMS AND BACKGROUND

AIMS

To thrive in a technology-driven economy, VET trainers, educators, workers, but perhaps above all ‘the lockdown generation’ whose education and employment prospects have been affected due to the pandemic, will need to be digitally skilled and confident to succeed in a rapidly changing environment and adapt to new and emerging technologies.

 

The SMARTaiNNOVATORS project aims to design, develop and pilot-test a comprehensive and ready-to- implement SMARTaiNNOVATORS TOOL KIT which will support VET trainers/leaders to introduce the eco-system of AI technologies supported with advanced digital skills such as coding and Video Game Development using unity engine in school curricula based on a multi-disciplinary STEAM oriented approach on real-life scenarios which focuses on the use of DIGITAL INNOVATION for SOCIAL CHANGE.

BACKGROUND

Rapid digitalisation over the past decade has transformed many aspects of work and daily life. Driven by innovation and technological evolution, the digital transformation is reshaping society, the labour market and the future of work, and inevitably E & T.

Employers face difficulties in recruiting highly skilled workers across a number of economic sectors, including in the digital sector. Boosting digital skills at all levels helps increase growth and innovation and build a fairer, more cohesive, sustainable and inclusive society.

Being digitally skilled and acquiring digital literacy can empower people of all ages to be more resilient, improve participation in democratic life and stay safe and secure online.Equipping Europe’s future workers and job seekers with digital skills will be critical for economic recovery in the coming years, especially after the severe consequences of the pandemic in all fields of life.

To thrive in a technology-driven economy, VET trainers, educators, job seekers, workers, but perhaps above all ‘the lockdown generation’ whose education and employment prospects have been affected due to the pandemic, will need to be digitally skilled and confident to succeed in a rapidly changing environment and adapt to new and emerging technologies. Evidence in the participating countries show that levels of digital skills are still low, albeit gradually improving, while the digital transformation is accelerating.

While acknowledging that 90% of jobs in all sectors in the future will require some form of digital skills, yet 35% of Europe’s workers lack these skills, the partnership is committed to contribute to the upskilling and re-skilling as digital skills in demand will range from basic to advanced, including AI, data literacy, supercomputing and cybersecurity.