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Initial list of measures and actions within the 5 axes of intervention

The measures foreseen in the initial launch phase of the Portugal INCoDe.2030 Initiative are listed below, grouped according to each of the 5 axes. These measures will be progressively updated, deepened and expanded in the course of implementing the initiative.

Axis 1. INCLUSION

Ensure that the whole population has access to digital technologies to obtain information, communicate, and interact with others.

1.1

Promotion of digital competences

Campaigns aimed at mobilising citizens to realise the importance of digital competences and informing them about the existence of digital competences training programmes. Special attention should be given to campaigns aimed at information-excluded groups and campaigns that address gender issues, people with disabilities, or people with special needs..

Coordinating agencies: FCT, DGE, IEFP

Entities involved: AMA; EMPIS; ANPRI; RNBP; UMP; RUTIS; Programa Escolhas; Clubes Rotários; APDC; ACEPI; APDSI; fundações; ONG’s / IPSS’s representing vulnerable groups; the social responsibility programmes of different companies; the European Centre for Women and Technology; and others.

1.2

Development of a digital competences self-diagnosis system for citizens

Online system that allows any citizen to benchmark their level of digital competences, built on a dynamic digital competences reference framework that is in line with the European reference framework, DigComp 2.0.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: Higher education institutions; DGE; ANQEP; among others.

1.3

Digital competences training from the user’s perspective, including the most vulnerable groups of citizens

Training aimed at acquiring the competences necessary for full digital citizenship, including access to online public services. Particular attention should be given to the most vulnerable groups of citizens and to digital mediators by creating specific campaigns aimed at these groups.

Coordinating agencies: FCT, IEFP

Involved: RUTIS; Escolhas Programme (Choices Programme); EMPIS; higher education institutions; UMP; RNBP; Rotary Clubs; NGOs/IPSSs representing several vulnerable groups; among others.

1.4

Creation of a digital resource platform in Portuguese and free access to digital training support

Development of a digital resources repositories aggregating platform needed for training to promote digital inclusion, literacy and citizenship. The platform will be in Portuguese and openly accessible. This digital resource aggregating platform aims to meet the needs of different population groups. The tools should follow the principles of user-centred design.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: Higher education institutions; AMA; ANPRI; municipalities; among others.

1.5

Development of a digital competences certification system for citizens

Design and maintenance of a system to certify citizens’ non-professional digital competences, whereby they can be awarded a basic, advanced, or advanced certificate, which can also be used to obtain other certifications.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: IEFP; ANQEP; higher education institutions; among others.

Axis 2. EDUCATION

Ensure the education of the younger population by stimulating and reinforcing digital literacy and digital competences at all levels of schooling and as part of lifelong learning

2.1

Promotion of pedagogical innovation in teaching and learning processes

Reinforcement of analytical and critical competences, through the promotion of pedagogical projects and practices in the field of logic, algorithms and programming, ethics applied to the digital environment, media literacy in the digital age, and citizenship in the digital age.

Coordinating agencies: DGE e DGES

Entities involved: CFAE; higher education institutions; among others.

2.2

Development of digital educational resources

Design, development, certification and dissemination of digital educational resources for different levels of education, disciplines, curriculum components and training components, promoting innovative educational environments.

Coordinating agencies: DGE

Involved: Higher education institutions; RBE; among others.

2.3

Training pre-school, primary and secondary education teachers

Programme for training primary and secondary school teachers, with the participation of the Schools Association Training Centres (CFAE) and higher education institutions.

Coordinating agencies: DGE

Involved: CFAE; higher education institutions; among others.

2.4

Promotion and dissemination of the Robotics and Digital Literacy Code

Campaigns to promote the Robotics and Digital Literacy Code, supported with a 3, 5, 10 and 15-year plan aimed at young people in primary and secondary education. The campaigns aim to convey a positive impression of the ICT sector and industry in general, stimulating an interest in developing digital skills and pursuing STEM careers.

Coordinating agencies: DGES

Involved: DGE; RBE; higher education institutions; ANPRI; among others.

2.5

Use of digital technologies in a context of inclusion for specific education and training needs

Development and democratisation of digital media in learning, and supporting training in schools and higher education.

Coordinating agencies: DGE

Involved: Higher education institutions; RBE; among others.

Axis 3. QUALIFICATION

Capacitate the working population by providing them with the knowledge they need to become a part of a labour market that relies heavily on digital competences

3.1

Identification of the digital competences needed for employability

Development of a decision support information system that makes it possible to analyse and anticipate the digital competences needed from the workforce, working closely with the Qualification Needs Anticipation System and the job market.

Coordinating agencies: DGES and ANQEP

Involved: Higher education institutions; IAPMEI; APDC; ACEPI; APDSI;
among others.

3.2

National Network to Support Long-Distance Interactive Training

Implementation of a national content development system for digital training and specialisation through online courses, especially with videos and interactive platforms, with an accredited list of short courses.

Coordinating agencies: Engineering Schools Network

Involved: CCISP; higher education institutions; FCT (FCCN unit);
among others.

3.2.1

Academia Móvel.pt, with blockchain accreditation

Implementation of a training and digital specialisation system using blockchain mobile technologies, with applications available only on mobile phones, with an accredited list of CCISP level short courses.

3.3

CNQ level 4 and 5 ICT qualifications, including access to specialised certifications

Equipping the working population with competences suited to business needs, in specific ICT areas, including in programming languages, through certified intermediate level training or by obtaining specialised certifications offered by the industry.

Coordinating agencies: ANQEP and IEFP

Involved: Vocational Training Centres; Qualifica Centres; IAPMEI;
among others.

3.4

National network of short courses at a professional and higher level, TESP

Implementation of a nationwide network of top-level short courses, TESP, in digital competences (which may already exist or are yet to be created), and maintain a disclosure information system and encourage their use.

Coordinating agencies: DGES

Involved: CCISP; IAPMEI; among others.

3.5

Network of academies and digital labs at IEFP Polytechnic Institutes and Training Centres

Implementation of a broad network of academies and laboratories equipped to provide digital competences training at IEFP Professional Training Centres and at higher education institutions, in particular at Polytechnic Institutes, in order to train and equip citizens with the competences they need to be successful in the digital economy, in close collaboration with companies.

Coordinating agencies: CCISP and IEFP

Involved: DGES; IAPMEI; business associations; companies; among others.

3.6

Re-qualification and professional integration of unemployed graduates.

Development of special rehabilitation training projects aimed at unemployed graduates and the long-term unemployed, equipping them with digital competences and helping them begin or resume professional activity; promote and strengthen internationally recognised certification processes in industrial digital competences.

Coordinating agencies: IEFP

Involved: DGES; CCISP; Higher Education Schools; among others.

3.6.1

Re-qualification programme for professionals with teaching qualifications in pre-school education and in primary and secondary education

Training programme with Polytechnic Institutes and Universities, with a special emphasis on polytechnics (Higher Education Schools), but not exclusively. Campaign with incentive mechanisms and clear monitoring routines, involving Higher Education in the re-qualification of these professionals.

3.7

Upgrading and qualifying adults, workers and the unemployed, including the long-term unemployed

Reinforcement of training in the form of adult education and training courses, modular training, Vida Ativa and Qualifica, in coordination with private initiative training actions.

Coordinating agencies: IEFP

Involved: Companies; IAPMEI; Vocational Training Centres; Qualifica Centres; among others.

3.8

Digital qualification of workers in public positions

Action to be taken within the scope of formulating a human resources management policy aimed at bridging the digital competences deficit in Public Administration. A set of training modules on the different competences and levels of proficiency will also be available, which will allow people to create a personalised training programme. The system may provide certification for competences acquired in this way.

Coordinating agencies: INA

Involved: DGAEP; AMA; higher education institutions, among others.

3.8.1

Digital competences dynamic reference framework for Public Administration

Creation of a digital competences reference framework, in line with DigComp 2.0, adapted to the specific needs of workers in public positions and taking into account the strategic ICT processes in Public Administration.

3.8.2

Self-diagnosis system for digital skills in Public Administration

Development of an online self-diagnosis system, developed according to the competences framework, allowing each worker in a public position to identify the gaps in their digital competences.

3.8.3

Data life cycle management in the AP

Extensive re-qualification of Public Administration agents, in order to stimulate the Government's open data strategy, through a training programme for Chief Data Officers.

3.9

Training of digital competences teachers and educators

Training programme for teachers and educators, with the participation of IEFP Training Centres, higher education institutions and other training entities, particularly the Polytechnic Institutes

Coordinating agencies: IEFP

Involved: ANQEP; among others

3.10

Reinforcement of higher education training in partnership with companies in the area of industry digitisation

Promote initial higher training (TeSP) and short-term post-graduate training in digital competences applied to industry (i.e., global connectivity of the supply and distribution chains, including IoT - Internet of Things, the increasing digitalisation of the means of design and production, the generalisation of additional manufacturing technologies, and the general robotization of operations, or “industry 4.0”), in close collaboration with companies and business associations.

Coordinating agencies: ANI and IAPMEI

Involved: CCISP; CRUP; APESP; higher education institutions; Companies and Associations; among others.

Axis 4. SPECIALISATION

Promote specialisation in digital technologies and applications to improve employability and create higher added value in the economy

4.1

Promotion of digital competences in higher education

Reinforcement of primary-level training courses in the priority areas of this programme, with an emphasis on cooperation between higher education institutions and companies in their development and implementation, enhancing active educational procedures and including on-the-job training. It also includes the implementation and maintenance of a decision support information system that makes it possible to analyse and anticipate the competences needed, aimed at higher education students. The aim is to adapt/streamline the relationship between supply and demand for ICT courses in emerging areas.

Coordinating agencies: DGES

Involved: CRUP; CCISP; APESP; higher education institutions; among others.

4.2

Network of advanced training programmes throughout working life

Implementation of a nationwide network of short-term continuing education programmes on digital competences (TeSP), as well as refreshment or postgraduate courses, in response to the training needs of professionals working in the field or of recent graduates. Maintaining a disclosure information system and encouraging its use.

Coordinating agencies: DGES

Involved: CRUP; CCISP; APESP; higher education institutions; IAPMEI;
among others.

4.3

Network of masters specialising in digital competences

Promotion of master’s level professional training in digital competences applied to a set of specific sectors: industry, agriculture, health, rehabilitation engineering and support technologies, tourism, construction, among others. It includes the promotion of specialised training at master's and postgraduate level in digital competences related to the global connectivity of supply and distribution chains, including IoT - Internet of Things, the increasing digitalisation of design and production means, the generalisation of additional manufacturing technologies, and the general robotization of operations, or “Industry 4.0”.

Coordinating agencies: ANI and IAPMEI

Involved: CRUP; CCISP; APESP; higher education institutions; companies; Business Associations; among others

4.4

Network of digital competences and innovation labs

Creation of a network of laboratories that encourage participation from higher education students in teams working on innovative projects. These projects are credited to their studies and are aimed at developing experiences and competences in the creation of new products and services, requiring or benefiting from the application of digital competences. It includes the participation of students in R&D projects with a digital technology component, in connection with the Research Units

Coordinating agencies: ANI and IAPMEI

Involved: CRUP; CCISP; APESP; higher education institutions; companies; Business Associations; among others.

4.5

Creation of a network of chair professors i4.0, under the FCT Chairs Programme

Contribution to the creation of a network of chair professors in i4.0, with the objective of integrating a set of contents and competences in the training plans, focused on industry 4.0.

Coordinating agencies: FCT, ANI, and IAPMEI

Involved: Higher education institutions; Companies; Associations
of Business; among others.

Axis 5. RESEARCH

Ensure conditions are in place for the production of new knowledge and active participation in international R&D networks and programmes.

5.1

National Programmes for the Development of Advanced Computing Initiatives

Encouraging new R&D activities in the areas of scientific computing, quantum sciences and technologies, artificial intelligence, digital media, with an emphasis on four key areas:

  • Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) - including all advanced scientific computing fields.
  • Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) - inclui quantum computing, entre outras áreas de I&D.
  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS) - including big data, cloud computing, and the IoT, among others.
  • Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) – including artificial intelligence, as well as human-centred computing in relation to digital media.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: Higher education institutions; among others

5.2

International partnerships

Reinforcement, development and promotion of partnerships between Portugal and science and technology centres of great international relevance, through programmes aimed at emerging new technologies and digital applications. These initiatives should include mechanisms to support scientific employment in collaboration with enterprises and advanced training programmes, as well as access to new markets and strategic links to innovative programmes, initiatives and technologies around the world, including through the following programmes and initiatives:

  • Carnegie Mellon Portugal Programme: “ICTI – Information and Communication Technologies Institute” (under review);
  • UT Austin Portugal Programme: “CoLab on Emerging Technologies” (under review);
  • MIT Portugal programme (training);
  • Indian Institutes of Technology Programme - Portugal (training);
  • Fraunhofer Portugal programme (under review);
  • Participation of Portugal in CERN (ongoing);
  • Participation of Portugal in the ESA (ongoing);
  • Internationalisation initiatives for polytechnics (in preparation)

Coordinating agencies: FCT, with higher education institutions, CRUP, and CCISP.

Involved: Carnegie Mellon; MIT; UT Austin; Indian Institutes of Technology; Fraunhofer; among others.

5.3

Mediterranean Interaction Initiative: applying digital technologies to food systems, sustainable development, heritage

Promotion of a set of advanced human resources qualification activities at the various levels of digital competences, with a view to strengthening and opening up opportunities for scientific, technological and economic collaboration between Mediterranean countries, specifically with applications in the areas of agriculture, water, energy and the preservation/dissemination of heritage.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: Mediterranean and African countries

5.4

Atlantic Interaction Initiative: applying digital technologies and space systems to study the interactions between climate, energy, the atmosphere, and oceans in Atlantic regions

Promotion of a set of advanced human resources qualification activities at the various levels of digital competences and space systems, with a view to strengthening and opening up opportunities for international scientific, technological, and economic collaboration, particularly with applications in the areas of space and the oceans.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: Mediterranean and African countries

5.5

Acquisition of competences that empower “Open Science”

Training the new generations of researchers and professionals in digital competences they need for collaborative scientific work and to affirm the concept of “Open Science”.

Coordinating agencies: FCT, with DGES

Involved: Higher education institutions, with CRUP; CCISP; APESP; among others.

5.6

Academic Library of the Future

Creation of a Digital Academic Library, adding “Digital Resources”, to be shared between higher education libraries, with a view to accessing and sharing information as part of creating a type of future knowledge centre, including a programme for the training of librarians in digital competences, particularly in the use of digital data management and visualization tools (research librarian/co-investigator concept).

Coordinating agencies: FCT (FCCN unit)

Involved: CRUP; CCISP; among others.

5.7

Science in Portuguese Programme - Infrastructure for Knowledge and Research

Connecting the National Directory of Digital Repositories to repositories and directories in Portuguese around the world. Programme to encourage the storage, dissemination, and reuse of scientific digital content in Portuguese.

Coordinating agencies: FCT (FCCN unit)

Involved: CRUP; CSISP; APESP, among others.

5.8

National and European Roadmap for Research Infrastructures

Dissemination and promotion of the use of available scientific infrastructures, in line with the ongoing “Open Science” strategy, with particular emphasis on scientific computing infrastructures and digital content dissemination.

Coordinating agencies: FCT

Involved: RCAAP; CRUP; CCISP; APESP; among others.