The New Skill Agenda identifies work-based learning as a proven springboard to good jobs and the development of labour market relevant skills. It is not only a matter of assuring already acquired skills, but also to allow for understanding missing ones which are highly demanded by the labour market and/or create great potential for professional and personal growth. DISCOVERY LEARNING project focuses into addressing three specific challenges in the education of PhD students and early-stage researchers: increasing effectiveness of training, choosing skills and life-long learning. The aim of the project is to create effective training on transferable skills related to open science and innovation for doctoral students and early-stage researchers. The final purpose is to build evidence and verify that this new model of education is an effective tool for training of transferable skills with a practical potential in higher education. The project also aims at creating new knowledge by experimenting towards proof of concept of a new model to implement an evolutionary work-based learning in PhD programmes for effectively training transferable skills related to open science and innovation with the consequent sustainability of results for the needs of lifelong learning. For this purpose, DISCOVERY LEARNING will require the involvement of academic and non-academic professionals in order to take full advantage from a systematic cooperation among universities, vocational providers, training experts and experts from private sector. Project will also test the potential of open education resources to scale this cooperation in the medium to long term. DISCOVERY LEARNING, funded by Horizon 2020 program, is implemented by RTDI (Research technology development and innovation S.L.) in cooperation with the SAIA, n.o. (Slovak Academic Information Agency), FECYT and University of Oslo. Three of the project partners are part of the EURAXESS network.

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