The objective of the Project is to support the digitalisation of the knowledge management and skills transfer in Ukraine’s private agribusinesses, enhance their cooperation with universities and other educational institutions, and in turn contribute to increasing the efficiency and relevance of professional development in the sector.
Ukrainian agricultural companies show a shortage of human capital in every sub-sector, specifically of qualified technical specialists with knowledge of modern agribusiness practises and awareness of innovation opportunities and sector trends, both locally and globally. To compensate this gap, it is estimated that about half of the producers provide on-the-job trainings to improve new employees’ skills. Additionally, the impact of the spread of the COVID-19 virus could potentially further exacerbate these gaps. Geographies that were already struggling to adopt new and existing technologies have the potential to become even further behind as many capacity-building opportunities that facilitated upskilling and adoption of new business processes have been halted. Educational and training facilities closure due to coronavirus precaution measures has revealed an insufficient level of online / digital training capacity. These closures will not just be short-term, and will likely also have long-term consequences for affected groups, particularly the SME sector and people living in rural areas. The need for development of digital learning therefore is critical for adapting to the new normal and upskilling in the agri-food sector. To that end, there is a clear need for the private sector to:
- Understand best practices and support the design of knowledge management platforms;
- Propose further advancement of universities and professional technical schools with digitalizing training curricula and methodology to meet the requirements of employers;
- Enhance cooperation of the private sector with universities, professional technical schools and industry associations to strengthen linkages between theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the current educational model;
- Assist agribusinesses with the transition to digital skills transfer practices.
This project will support the design and implementation of digitalised knowledge management and skills transfer methods, facilitating sustainability and upscaling of ongoing activities, and providing recommendations to the public and private sector. The project will also support the identification of training gaps and needs, development and delivery of training courses covering specific focus areas to selected companies, and building of an open online learning platform that will host online interactive courses.
Component 1: Analysing the current landscape of digital skills transfer methods and potential application in Ukraine
- Assessment on post-Covid-19 learning trends and environment for adapting to “digital” as the focus for delivery of training and transferring skills
- Recommendations on transitioning to ‘digital’ education as the new normal for knowledge management and delivering training and skills transfer within companies, and between companies and academia in the post-COVID-19 world, as relevant for the agribusiness sector in particular.
- Communication and visibility of key achievements and lessons learned from the project, through stakeholder meetings and dedicated communications products.
Component 2: Strengthening private sector application of digital skills transfer in both agribusinesses and academia.
- Working meetings with potential stakeholders to deliver insights on best practices
- Tailored analysis and advice for agribusiness companies on adaptation to digital skills transfer
- Proposals for further technical cooperation by liaising with sector stakeholders;
Component 3: Design of the Knowledge sharing platform (“KSP”), adaptation of the content and hosting of the developed online learning products
- Concept design of the KSP
- Preparation and testing of the prototype of the platform
- Development, testing and launch of the platform
- Adaptation of the content and hosting of the developed online learning products on the KSP
- Advice on the sustainability of the platform beyond the project duration
- Maintenance, optimization and administration of the platform up to the Project end
Component 4: Development of digital learning products (DLPs) as part of the KSP in partnership with private sector
- Identification of sector specific professional development training needs and preparatory work for development of sector specific DLPs
- Development and/or adaptation of DLPs
Component 5: Informational content development and communications
- A communication plan for the platform
- Execution of that communication plan, including through raising awareness, articles, videos, and events.
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