Digital Skills Matter Events

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a new series of ‘Digital Skills Matter’ events which are focused on effective practice in developing digital skills at Entry and Level 1 for those with no or low digital skills, in line with the new digital entitlement.

The events are being run by six learning providers who have participated in the ETF’s Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Champions programme. This pilot programme has supported staff from the FE and Training sector to focus on opportunities around the national standards for digital skills for life and work, which were introduced in April 2019. In each organisation, an EDS Champion has led a ‘reflective exploration’ project to consider effective practice in digital skills delivery aligned with the national standards. The six Champions have also led CPD events in the ETF’s national EDS professional development programme and have taken a lead on the ETF’s online community of practice for digital skills.

At the Digital Skills Matter events, the EDS Champions and their colleagues will share the most significant aspects of their experience – what has worked, what has not worked, and key learning points. The events are aimed at those who are planning delivery or in the early stages of delivering new EDS qualifications and at those who are embedding digital skills in vocational, ESOL, Preparation for Life and Work, or similar courses. The events are funded by the Department for Education as part of the EDS programme and there is no charge to attend.

Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, said:

“It is part of our mission at the ETF to help as many learning providers as possible to offer the new digital entitlement to give adult learners and those aged 16–19 the essential digital skills they need for life and work. The Digital Skills Matter events are an important opportunity to hear about six projects that have been focusing on effective practice in developing digital literacy. I hope that colleagues from the sector will take this opportunity to attend the events and contribute to the conversation.”

Three Digital Skills Matter events are now available to book, each with a different theme:

9 February, 3pm–5pm, online webinar
Theme: Sharing practice from on-the-ground delivery
Practitioners from New City College will share their reflective practice projects with practical take-away tips for delivering digital skills in a variety of settings. Presenters have first-hand experience and will share what has worked well based on learner feedback.

14 February, 4.30pm–6.30pm, Havant and South Downs College
Theme: CPD – coffee, projects and doughnuts
Based on the theory that the best CPD happens informally over a coffee and in corridor conversations, this event creates opportunities for those involved in digital skills delivery to share ideas and reflections over a coffee and a doughnut.

21 March, 1pm–3.30pm, online webinar
Theme: Strategies to help ESOL learners overcome barriers to developing Essential Digital Skills
Colleagues from the WEA will share the various approaches that the WEA has developed to support practitioners in building confidence in digital skills with their ESOL learners. This event will highlight some of the best practice and examples of materials that have been developed.

For details of all the upcoming events EDS events, please visit the Enhance website.

For full details of the ETF’s Essential Digital Skills programme, please our edtech and digital skills pages.

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