In this Webinar Kathryn will outline the journey so far establishing the Digital Mums Academy from initial idea to at-scale programmes. Digital Mums is all about building the digital skills and confidence that are highly sought after in the UK today. Kathryn will share the insights she has gathered from developing training that builds these 21st century skills for today’s workplaces. Kathryn will then demonstrate how this may be applied in any workplace for existing and new employees to ensure every business has the digital skills for the future.
There is a major digital skills gap in UK business today 90% of jobs require digital skills and the UK will need about 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017. This skills gap is costing the economy £63bn a year in lost income.
1. A partnership approach
User centred design is insufficient to create the workforce of tomorrow. Co-design with learners is of course key but it’s also crucial to work closely with those employing them. So not only must you put learners at the very centre of course development and iteration, you must also put employers at the centre. Having a design-led culture supports this and Kathryn will share how Digital Mums achieved this and will consider what this means for workplaces generally.
2. Innovative learning models
The majority of work based training uses outdated learning models. These have to be ditched in favour of cutting edge teaching that draws on pioneering practice from around the world, as well as innovative and interactive technologies that allow the user to control their learning journey. Kathryn will outline the design principles of Digital Mums’ REAL Learning training methodology and how it’s achieved success and will discuss how this could be embedded within modern professional development practices.
3. Dealing with change
The digital space is constantly changing. How do you make sure your learners have access to the most up to date content? Digital Mums’ social media curriculum content is in constant development due to continuous evolution of social media platforms. What does this mean for curriculum development in the workplace?
4. The new flexible working
Finally, Kathryn will present some findings of Digital Mums’ #WorkThatWorks research and campaign and will discuss how to build a learning and development culture for working parents.