Posted on 14 Apr, 2023 by Henrike Romstedt

Digital skills are considered a key competence of the 21st century, but how can we target and develop digital competencies in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education (HE)?

To provide a practical, real-world answer to this question, GFA developed a toolkit on how to strengthen digital competences as part of the VET Toolbox project for GIZ. The toolkit provides guidance, inspiration, and best-practice examples to all TVET and higher education stakeholders and project agencies. GFA gathered learnings and content from more than 20 projects to provide recommendations covering traditional TVET and higher education practices, and additional measures from outside the formal education sector.

TVET and higher education programs face a number of challenges in digitalization. First, there are a limited number of training and development programs geared toward digital competences that meet the needs of the labor market. There is also limited access to labor market data and few cooperation with the private sector to identify the digital competences needed. Finally, access to digital and individualized teaching and learning formats can be challenging without basic digital literacy. This disadvantages women and girls, in particular, leading to a digital gender gap.

The toolkit for strengthening digital competencies in TVET and higher education aims to address these challenges and identify solutions for those who wish to learn about the effect of digital skills on employability.
Learn more about the toolkit and  #VETToolboxon the website.