The “Fit4internet” platform initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs has set itself the goal of strengthening employees’ digital skills. In addition, the guideline “Together online” is intended to support small businesses and EPUs in their everyday work. […]
The corona pandemic shows how important digital skills are in everyday life, but above all in work and in the transformation of an entire industry. In addition, working from home has now become the norm in Austria, almost from one day to the next. “The crisis beamed us into the future and this digital transformation is there to last,” said Economics Minister Margarete Schramböck (ÖVP) at a virtual press conference. The Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location (BMDW) and the fit4internet association presented the tools “proCHECK” and “proQUIZ”. These instruments for recording job-related digital skills were developed by the association for increasing digital skills, fit4internet, initiated by the BMDW.
In order to optimally use the opportunities of digitization for Austria, its population and the economy, digital skills are necessary in everyday life and at work. For example, they relate to the use of work equipment, communication with colleagues or customers, the use of information and data, but also the creation of new digital content and much more. “As with ‘classic common sense’, you also need experience to develop ‘digital common sense’. The ‘digital common sense’ includes those digital skills that you need every day in your job and that are available to us for a safe, self-determined and competent handling in the digital world, ”says Schramböck. This is the basic requirement to achieve the goal of increasing digital skills in Austria.
Specialists urgently wanted
Manfred Immitzer, CEO of Porsche Informatik and fit4internet member, explained how urgent the need for trained staff is: “80 percent of the vacancies in digital jobs cannot be filled. It is not only important to use digital programs, but also to actively help shape a company’s digital capabilities. Porsche Holding Salzburg started early on to digitally accelerate its entire business and thus the interaction with its customers. This makes the digital upgrading of employees a key factor for resilience and competitiveness. We are meeting these new challenges with numerous initiatives such as innovative apprenticeships, digitally oriented job profiles, cooperation with technical colleges and universities through to an exclusive MBA for our managers. ”
Due to the corona crisis and the containment strategy, many companies are suddenly confronted with the switch to the home office. In order to be able to work together successfully from home, appropriate framework conditions are required – tips and tricks for this can be found in the guidelines of the BMDW “Working together online” for SMEs and EPUs. You can also find the webinar series “Secure Home Office” on the fit4internet platform. The webinar series is being carried out by the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences together with the State of Lower Austria and the Digital Innovation Hub East (DIHOST). FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Raffaseder, member of the management board of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and Head of the Digital Makers Hub: “With this series, we responded quickly, flexibly and competently to a high need for further training in the spring. In a total of twelve webinars, how you can protect yourself and your data is presented step by step and in detail. An example of this is the ‘Secure Audio and Video Conferences’ webinar. ”
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