Employer Resources

This section is meant to provide employers with insight into the main digital competencies included in the self-assessment tool as well as provide resources that can help employees develop skills related to these competency areas. At the bottom of this page, there are also occupational profiles that chart out the recommended proficiency levels for each job role.

The Four Main Competencies

Each specific competency that will be assessed on this platform falls under one of four main areas: Digital Literacy, Digital Communication, Digital Safety, and Digital Thinking. Listed below is further information regarding these competencies.

Digital Literacy

  • Identifying and using hardware tools and technologies.
  • Identifying data, information, and digital content required to operate systems and devices. 
  • Searching, retrieving, organizing, and storing data, information, and content in digital environments. Analyzing, comparing, and critically evaluating the credibility and reliability of sources of data, information, and digital content.
  • Creating and editing digital content in different formats. Modifying, refining, and integrating new information and content. Understanding how copyright and licences apply to digital information and content.

Digital Communication

  • Interacting through a variety of digital technologies.
  • Understanding appropriate digital communication means for a given context.
  • Sharing data, information, and digital content with others through appropriate digital technologies.
  • Registering and applying for services, buying and selling goods and services, and administering and managing transactions online.

Digital Safety

  • Understanding applicable risks and threats in digital environments.  
  • Understanding how to protect devices and digital content.
  • Knowing and applying safety and security measures.
  • Understanding how to use and share personally identifiable information while being able to protect oneself and others from any harm.
  • Creating and managing one or multiple digital identities and dealing with the data through several digital tools, environments, and services.

Digital Thinking

  • Identifying technical problems.
  • Completing basic and advanced troubleshooting techniques.
  • Being aware of online behavioural norms, cultural, and generational diversity, and adapting communication strategies to the specific audience all in digital environments.
  • Understanding where one’s own digital competence needs improvement and being able to look for self-development opportunities.

Select your industry

Choose an industry to view its occupational profile, which includes two in-demand job roles. The occupational profile will display the recommended proficiency levels for each job role.