In a rapidly changing work environment hard and soft skill requirements in the workplace change in a neverending fashion. Whereas people with higher educational profiles may not feel these effects so harshly, when it comes to finding jobs, people with fewer opportunities or societal classes with historically less equality suffer harder from the market changes. Not tackling the need for further education after school, with flexible curricula revolving around emerging technologies and skills, a country’s workforce weakens. In order to battle these market forces, DigiVET aims to create a sustainable, integrated educational platform, where the stakeholders of the workplace can interact with one another, building relationships and exchanging knowledge.
In an ideal world, one that we aim to work for, the workforce’s lifetime journey is the following.
The first step is a post-secondary education, where young people can learn the necessary skills to become well-adapted to changes and the requirements of the workforce market. The post-secondary education heavily interacts with the apprenticeship system, where the learned skills and knowledge can be deepened with real-life applications, where mutual understanding is reached between employer and employee. Once the apprenticeship period is over the employees should never be left alone in an everchanging and unpredictable world. This means a firm connection to their alma mater, let it be digital or offline. This relationship and nurturing of the employee’s lifetime journey can help employees regain confidence, when emerging technologies need to be applied, and when a safety net is built around the workforce. This allows for iterative training of the staff, professional community building, and adaptability to new challenges.
DigiVET’s vision is to create a thriving ecosystem, where lifelong learning is possible with the involvement of all stakeholders in the process.
Where schools can provide the expertise, network, and authenticity, the companies bring in real-life challenges and seek valid applications to their tackling. The students are integrated and are the engines of this process, learning new skills and becoming resilient against technological and market changes.
We believe that a well-made system can boost and maintain a country’s economy, where highly-skilled professionals create value with innovation and a firm understanding of the past.