T2.1 Training strategy - Survey for the compilation of needs for skills/competences

This survey is administered in order to develop the DiSSCo Prepare T2.1 Milestone 5 "Recommendations on suitable training mechanisms" - which is part of Task 2.1 "Training Strategy". The overall objective of Task 2.1 is "to develop a training strategy with distinct channels and modes of accessing training to address the identified needs".

Milestone 5 contributes to this goal by providing "Recommendations on suitable training mechanisms; Subtask 1 - Compilation of needs for skills/competences; Subtask 2 - Identification of training platforms and providers.

This survey builds upon the work and deliverables of Synthesys+ (S+) project and in particular the "NA2.3_Catalogue and survey of trainings activities" both in terms of methodology and content.

1. Methodology: this survey uses the IRLs (Infrastructure Readiness Level) categories and subcategories developed under S+ NA2.3 Catalogue in order to categorize the various trainings currently provided by project partners and to identify training gaps and needs. The IRLs categories and subcategories approach will also help develop a future catalogue of trainings that is comprehensive but also detailed enough for organizations to select modules in order to create tailored trainings to address their specific training needs. A few modifications to the S+ initial list of subcategories have been made to better cater for needs in area of organizational support services (namely legal, fund raising, marketing and procurement).

2. Content: while the present survey draws on the findings of the S+ NA2.3 catalogue (in relation to training offer in particular), it does not represent a repetition of the exercise run previously by S+ project in two respects:

2.1 Scope: the present survey aims to gather information from a broader number of participating organizations (sent to all 28 out of 30 DISSCO project partners with a minimum target of 12/15 respondents) compared to S+ "NA2.3 catalogue" survey (10 in total) with only a partial overlap. Furthermore, the survey will be complemented with semi-structured interviews with key DiSSCo Work Package leaders in order to cross check information on training and skills needs in relation to readiness level (i.e. in order to put in place the distributed digitalized collections, specimen loans and sharing system and other aspects of the DiSSCO project).

2.2 Needs focus: the survey behind the NA 2.3 catalogue looked into the training offered by respondent organizations. The training needs were identified on the assumption that whereas there is no training offered in a certain area there will be a training need: while this is a reasonable assumption to make, we aim to bring the analysis one step further and have a more accurate picture on training needs in relation to IRLs. In fact, some organizations might not have immediate training needs in a certain area because they have decided to outsource certain activities (for ex. fundraising or scanning of specimens) or hire new staff that is senior/ experienced in that area and does not need immediate training beyond induction (compared to more junior staff or re-training of existing staff).


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