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The digital economy is rapidly transforming the employment landscape across all kind of industries. Millions of jobs requiring digital skills already exist and will grow in the coming decade. With an ever-increasing number of people working remotely, where digital skills are listed as a requirement, a wide range of digital skills are necessary. If you've just graduated, are out of work or on maternity leave, follow us on social media for news about DJ project, we'll have training for you.
The aim of the DJ project, hereafter referred to as "Digital Job Onboarding", is to help young jobseekers adjust to the "new normal" after COVID19 by improving their digital skills. The DJ project directly addresses digital transformation through the development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity. And it does this by working at the intersection of the digital divide and transformation of the labor market and the needs of unemployed young people. Also, it overlaps with the vulnerable group of NEETs (young people neither in employment nor in education and training). DJ also addresses the priority environment and fight against climate change through a training programme for work-related sustainability innovation projects. Targeted upskilling helps young people respond to the growing demand for digital skills and addresses the digital divide.
Together with partners from Cyprus, Finland, Italy and Czech Republic, the Austrian lead FH JOANNEUM, University of Applied Sciences, plans to develop a training program and evaluate its application within the frame of work-related sustainability projects. The work – related projects, having both strong relations to sustainability, digitalization and innovation, will be defined by the participants during the training under the supervision of the Italian partner Fondazione Fenice.
How exactly does the DJ project help young people? DJ’s goal is to help young people to activate their career potential with a special focus on new forms of digital working – an important step to reduce youth unemployment rate, which is twice as high as the general unemployment rate in the EU. The project DJ is designing trainings on digital job onboarding for young, unemployed people in Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, and Italy. There will be five online modules: digital tools, the new forms and organization of work, personal work life, professional responsibility in social media, and security. They will run in spring 2023.
What are the expected results of the project?
• A study on the (new) digital working life and the current situation in the workplace, the needs of employers and employees, available as a White Paper
• Curricula and content for a training program targeted especially at the 18- to 25-year-old unemployed youth
• Implementation in the form of eLearning with links to physical learning (blended learning), suitable for learning at home but also in the context of the workplace
• 12-week training in 4 partner countries, primarily aimed not only at young people, but especially at unemployed mothers, to prepare them to return to work after maternity leave and to continue their careers
Digital Job Onboarding (DJ) project, funded by the Erasmus+ program, consists of six full partners from five countries. Project Leadear is FH Jaonneum GmbH from Austria. Other partners are: DEX IC from Czech Republic, Fondazione Fenice Onlus from Italy, Haaga-helia Ammattikorkeakoulu from Finland, Jugend am Werk Steiermark GmbH from Austria and Synthesis Center for Research and Education Limited from Cyprus.
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