Apprenticeship toolkit

Assessing staff digital capabilities

Conducting an audit of staff digital capabilities will help plan the training to support your digital strategy.

We have defined six elements that make up our digital capabilities framework. Staff employed in the skills sector will need skills in most of these elements in their working lives.

Trainers, including part time and peripatetic staff, must be competent and confident in skills to facilitate blended learning, on-line learning, mobile learning, progress tracking, e-assessment and the use of technology to enhance personalisation.

Administrative staff need the skills to develop and administer on-line processes and support colleagues and apprentices, for example, managing online learner records and registration with awarding bodies, creating and distributing information, advice and guidance (IAG) resources, online personnel administration such as expenses and holidays.

Senior managers need to understand the potential of digital technology to achieve their vision by enhancing training and allowing data-driven decision-making.

Example of effective practice

Digital technologies are seen as a vital tool in fulfilling Highbury College’s mission of being a world-class college and supporting staff and students – wherever they are in the world – to be enterprising, lifelong learners who succeed in their chosen field. Following major investment in infrastructure in 2005-6 Highbury College has invested in culture change among staff, freeing up their time for training and development so they can focus on delivering more teaching via digital.

Find out more about Jisc digital capabilities work (please note the discovery tool is still in beta and not specifically tailored for the skills sector).