Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook
The International Union of Workers (ITU) has published a guide to digital skills assessment, a practical and comprehensive tool for national assessment of these skills.
ITU’s Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook has been designed to serve as a comprehensive, practical step-by-step tool for national digital skills assessments. The guidebook can be used to determine the existing supply of a digitally skilled cohort at a national level, to assess skills demand from industry and other sectors, to identify skills gaps, and to develop policies to address future digital skills requirements. It is designed for use by policy-makers and other stakeholders, such as partners in the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
ITU’s Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook cites the ikanos initiative’s self-assessment tool as one of the most prominent examples of addressing the systematic assessment of digital skills.
This guidebook draws on, and complements, the ITU Digital Skills Toolkit, which is part of ITU’s commitment to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth to tackle youth unemployment. Whereas the toolkit was designed to help policy-makers develop national digital skills strategies and roadmaps, this guidebook focuses on helping them identify national skills gaps and requirements, which can be addressed through targeted digital skills development policies and strategies. The results of a digital skills assessment exercise can serve as a concrete and necessary input into the national policy-making process.