Digitally enabled parents
Parenting is one of the most complex activities of people and also a job most people do at some point in their lives. Research and experience shows that parents gain a lot of knowledge, skills and competences through parenting in different walks of life, some specific, some transversal. By raising awareness of these skills, supporting their development as well as the recognition and validation of skills, we can create an opportunity for people to use their parenting skills in the labour market. This is beneficial for people who wish to change their career paths as well as low skilled adults. Parents are raising their children in the digital age, and this experience offers a rich basis for skills and competence development for a digital reality, too. By brining together work we have been doing in different projects and initiatives, we can deliver a complex pledge about parenting skills for digital skills and jobs. Parents International is a global network of organisations and professionals offering an evidence base and connected tools, practices and support for better parenting. One our key activities is the recognition, validation and utilisation of parenting skills. When delivering on this pledge we will apply our regular approach: being an international membership organisation we always develop tools (in this case self-assessment and training/coaching/mentoring ones), and train and coach multipliers in our membership and beyond. We will first design the training based on our investigation, based on online, face-to-face as well as mixed delivery. We will then carry out train the trainer activities for local partners, according to the best suiting regional format (with face-to-face preferred). We will then support the trainers in delivering the courses to parents. We will bring together the expertise of Parents International, VET providers and employers to define a methodology for recognising the digital skills that parents have in order to facilitate their (re)integration into the labour market using the EU Skills Profile for Third Country Nationals (https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1412&langId=en).