New Adult Education Tech School Aims To Upskill Workforce

Luxembourg education minister Claude Meisch (Photo © Ministry of Education)

Employers may find more tech skills in Luxembourg in future thanks to the launch of a Digital Learning Hub (DLH) on Monday.

Located at the Terres Rouges building in Esch-Belval, the learning centre is a one-stop shop for adults wanting to develop their digital skills.

The centre, which adheres to the principles of exchange, creativity, peer-to-peer work and self-directed learning, will offer training in targeted areas, determined by labour market needs.

Computer programming will be taught at a newly created branch of École 42, a world-renowned coding school offering extensive and complex training in programming which is free. Here, learning is based on the principles of peer-to-peer learning, project-based pedagogy and gamification. The school is open 24/7 and has no teachers. The course takes three years to complete, and those who complete it will receive a certificate equivalent to a BAC+3 in France.

“With the Digital Learning Hub, Luxembourg is getting a modern continuing education center that promotes creativity, autonomy and working together.”

Claude Meisch, Luxembourg’s education minister

The centre offers training courses in the field of cybersecurity, including awareness training and highly specialized training in collaboration with the National Coordination Center (NCC) of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC).

Adults looking to learn more on blockchain technology, which is the basis for cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, can participate in training sessions covering resources, knowledge and project development.

Finally, the centre will offer D-School, a model from Stanford University teaching groups of students to learn how to design solutions to complex problems. The course, which is offered with the D-School of the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) in Potsdam, covers design thinking, user experience (UX) and prototyping.

Training in cybersecurity, blockchain and design thinking are free for the DHL launch until August. Starting in the winter semester, courses in these areas will be fee-based.

“The future is digital. Therefore, digital skills must be developed from a very young age: in a playful way with coding in primary school, with the digital science course in secondary school,” education minister Claude Meisch was quoted in a press release after visiting the DLH for its inauguration on Monday. “It is also important to develop and deepen digital skills in professional life. With the Digital Learning Hub, Luxembourg is getting a modern continuing education center that promotes creativity, autonomy and working together.”

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