6.7 Skills for innovation
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There are no specific programmes or initiatives in general or vocational education to foster innovative skills. Programmes or initiatives rather focus on the development of entrepreneurship competence and the creative use of new technologies (see Chapter 3.8 or Chapter 8.7)
The Luxembourg Tech School (LTS) is a new extracurricular school concept to support the development of future digital Leaders. It is aimed at 15- to 20-year-old students who are passionate about the digital realm and eager to learn and apply technology in a real business context. LTS is supported by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and Digital Luxembourg. The first pilot started September 2016 with about 20-40 students from the Lycées at the Campus Geesseknäppchen. Since 2017, students can enrol in a business and technology programme divided into three blocks. They get personalized coaching and work on their own projects, which they showcase at the end of each block.
Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT) is the national coordinator of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition launched by the European Commission. LIDIT is a non-profit organization created in 2015 by the House of Training, the 'Institut Supérieur de l'Économie', 'ICT Luxembourg' and the 'Centre de Compétences Génie Techniques du Bâtiment'. It is LIDIT's goal to implement a national coalition of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Luxembourg focused on technology education and promotion. LIDIT functions as an initiator, facilitator, coordinator and producer of new activities, products and services that will contribute thoroughly and sustainably to the development and enhancement of Luxembourg's ICT model. LIDIT intends to support the learning needs of students, job seekers, training providers, innovators and employers. Starting with the 2017/18 school year, it is now possible for secondary schools, as part of educational projects, to provide digital tablets for their students. Secondary schools are therefore motivated to design a concept for the use of digital support and digital content in the classroom, as well as to adapt teaching methods to incorporate this new tool. Within the next five to seven years, the Ministry's distribution program is designed to provide an iPad to each student.
The Ministry has also launched the Future Hub label to promote secondary schools that are open to technology and innovative learning from science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A new school section, IT and communication, is offered in two secondary schools since 2017/2018. It aims at training digital leaders and IT professionals wo are able to master the creation and application of new technologies, and opens access to higher education especially in the fields of computer science, technology and communication. The Luxembourg Science Center is an important infrastructure in Luxembourg which aims at fostering innovation among young people. Launched in 2017, the exhibition conception of the Luxembourg Science Center aims to arouse interest in the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology), especially among children, young people and students. In order to achieve a better balance between supply and demand in MINT professions in the long term in the digital age, positive experiences with and discussions on MINT topics should be made possible at the Science Center.
The Bee Creative initiative aims at preparing young people for the challenges of digital Luxembourg in the field of non-formal and formal education. The main objectives are twofold: (1) allowing young people to learn how to create using technical tools and new media (digital literacy) and (2) promoting creativity, talent and entrepreneurship among young people in the context of new information and communication technologies.