This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ac2021_fellows_2.png

Digital skills and training practices in disruptive industries: a European perspective

1 September 2021, 17:00 CEST

EDEN NAP Webinar

Watch the recording


New, flexible and on-demand skills training is needed to tackle digital disruption and generate employment and productivity, especially in disruptive industries. According to OECD, many EU countries have a strong focus on formal education which does not lead to the desired results. Especially adults with low skills are left behind and participation does not always yield good labor market outcomes for them. This EDEN NAP webinar presents an analysis on how companies and company members approach learning, training and digital technologies in various disruptive sectors in four European countries. This analysis has been carried out within the framework of the Erasmus+ Project StiLLLearning, a project aimed at 1. identifying the most relevant key competences needed in European disruptive industries; 2. Co-creating an idea back for innovative learning and training solutions for work-based learning 3. Designing and implementing an open hypervideo-based cMOOC (collaborative massive open online course) for competence developers in industries and vocational and adult educators
A total of 63 participants were interviewed from Tourism (Italy and Switzerland), Textile (Italy and Switzerland), Automotive (Germany), Building (Switzerland) and Bioeconomy (Finland) sectors. The speakers will present the general results of this international study, discussing differences and similarities among sectors, countries and roles (employer, employee and adult educators). Results suggest that the most mentioned tools for learning at work were for communication, followed by productivity and video tools, whereas learning content management systems and innovative applications were less recognised.
After the presentation of the general results, each speaker will discuss some qualitative country-based considerations. Discussion with participants will be focused on practical implications for HR managers, learning specialists and VET schools in disruptive industries.

Type of session: presentations with discussion


Francesca Amenduni
Senior Researcher, SFUVET, Switzerland

Francesca Amenduni is a member of the Steering Committee of the EDEN Network of Academic and Professionals. She is Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training – SFUVET. She is a PhD candidate in Experimental Pedagogy with a research on semi-automated assessment of Critical Thinking in essays and open-ended answers (AES) carried out under the supervision of Professor A. Poce (Roma TRE University).

Vlad Mihaescu
EDEN NAP Steering Committee Chair
Lecturer at the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Vlad Mihaescu has a PhD in educational and technological models of MOOCs and has more than 10 years’ experience as a trainer and teacher in areas like multimedia technologies, social media, e-tourism, e-learning, usability, entrepreneurship, programming, soft skills and leadership. Author of over 25 scientific papers and book chapters published in international conferences and journals, Vlad is involved in several European research projects in the field of eLearning. He is also a lecturer for the Politehnica University of Timisoara.



Paolo Nardi
International Affairs and Research Officer, Cometa VET Centre, Italy

Dr Paolo Nardi is International Affairs and Research Officer at Cometa VET Centre (Italy) and Coordinator of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Italy. Co-opted Board Member of VETNET (association of researchers in VET. Board Member of the Journal Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.

Alberto Cattaneo
Professor and head of research, SFUVET, Switzerland

Dr. Alberto A. P. Cattaneo is professor and head of the research field “Educational Technologies in VET Programmes” at SFUVET. His actual main research fields concern the integration of ICT in teaching-and-learning processes, reflective learning in VET, instructional design, multimedia learning, teacher education and their professional competence development, in particular related to digital competence.

Essi Ryymin
Principal Research Scientist, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Dr. Essi Ryymin works as a Principal Research Scientist and Teacher Educator in HAMK Edu Research Unit at Häme University of Applied Sciences. She leads Future Work Research & Development -team and her interests include digitalization in education, continuous learning at work and transnational competence development programmes.

Katja Maetoloa
Project Specialist, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Katja Maetoloa (MSc.) works as a Project Specialist at HAMK Edu Research Unit at Häme University of Applied Sciences. She leads and participates in international research and development projects focusing on continuous learning at work, future work skills and educational change in global context.