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Update from Digital Skills Accelerator Programme

Digital Skills Accelerator (DSA) enhances the quality, relevance and transferability of graduates with digital skills when they are entering a career in the digital business world. Digital Skills Accelerator (DSA) brings the graduate through a customised self-directed learning system tailoring their skills in specific identified areas. 

It ensures a win-win situation for both the graduate and new employer so that they interact with different types of technology, digital technology and information communication technologies. The DSA project ensures smooth transferability is achieved, particularly when learners try to induct, develop or update their digital skills portfolios.

Digital Skills Accelerator (DSA) identifies the most valuable digital skills for Higher Education (HE) students in relation to DigComp standard in context of;

  1. Employment and entrepreneurship
  2. Active citizenship
  3. Lifelong learning

This state of the art FREE online learning portal includes an:

  • Online interactive self-assessment tool enabling students to self identify their digital skills’ profile and create a personalized digital skills learning pathway.
  • Essential Digital Skills Toolkit is an additional open, online toolkit of resources developed to assist HE teaching staff when delivering the Digital Skills Accelerator (DSA) as a classroom taught course

Digital Skills Accelerator Survey

The purpose of the DSA survey was to drill down to those skills that are needed in a number of areas of competence that are most important for an organisation. The survey was conducted by asking employers, students and higher education staff what they thought. The areas we covered included the following:

Information: Browsing, searching, filtering, evaluating, storing, retrieving, sharing, content, developing content

Digital & Technology: Interacting, collaborating through digital channels, netiquette, programming, solving technical problems, expressing needs & identifying technological responses, innovating/creating/solving using digital tools, identifying digital competence gaps

Citizenship: Engaging online citizenship, netiquette, protecting health & environment

Privacy & Security: Managing digital identity, copyright & licenses, protecting devices, protecting data and digital identities

DSA Survey Results – Key Findings


  • 30% of employers consider that students entering the workforce are not properly trained in digital skills
  • “Developing content” is considered important only for employers

Higher Education Staff 

  • Higher education staff stated there is room for improvement
  • HE staff and employers share a very similar view on the relative importance of digital competences, concretely considering “Information” and “Communication” competences as the most important in the top six


  • Surprisingly, students considered “Protecting devices” as one of the most important competences, and also in the communication group “Engaging in online citizenship” is at the top

Other insightful qualitative findings include the perception of an uneven intensity of training for different competence groups, and the difficulty employers find in assessing digital competencies at recruiting time

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