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Colombia: Vocational Skills to Boost Training at SENA

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5 million people took free classes in 2014, at training centres run by SENA, the National Training Service of Colombia. The organisation plays a key role in helping Colombian workers to develop socially and technically.

But before the general public can benefit from this training, the staff of the centres need to have strong digital skills. ICDL Colombia is working with SENA to help 2,000 instructors to gain ICDL certification, proving that they have the skills they need for the job. In 2016, another project started to boost the skills of 129 of SENA’s Academic Coordinators, who are responsible for guiding instructors at the organisation’s centres.

Participants in the project followed a blended learning course using ICDL modules, including Online Collaboration and IT Security, as well as the new ICT in Education module. The course included 50 hours of classroom learning, and 40 hours of online courses.

“The new ICT in Education module goes a step further in the formation of digital skills, because in addition to knowing about the available ICT tools and applications, it allows the instructors to analyse and decide on the best options for each type of class or group of students, maximizing the available resources, expanding multimedia learning alternatives among many advantages that technologies give in education. For SENA this is fundamental, since they are looking for high quality training”.

Juan Carlos Morales, Trainer of SENA Instructors

As a result of using ICDL to train staff at SENA, more than 800,000 trainees will be able to benefit from the certified digital skills of their Academic Coordinators, and staff will be able to confidently use ICT in the teaching, learning and evaluation process, taking advantage of existing investments in ICT infrastructure made by SENA.

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