The role of micro-credentials in facilitating learning for employment

The purpose of this single provider framework contract is to produce evidence on how micro-credentials are used by and for the labour market. This will be achieved through the implementation of three separate work assignments that will map and analyse three interconnected areas:

  • The first work assignment is a mapping exercise aimed at collecting information on micro-credentials in the EU 27, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom, with aparticular focus on eight selected countries. First, the mapping will allow for the estimationof the use of micro-credentials at the national level across the 30 countries covered by theassignment. Second, it will help to identify the main characteristics of micro-credentials thatare currently emerging in the context of VET and re-skilling and up-skilling initiatives.Third, it will clarify how micro-credentials fit in the formal qualifications and credentialssystems (e.g. in which parts and at what level they are currently used). Moreover, theassignment will include an in-depth mapping of eight selected countries: Germany, France,the Netherlands, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Spain and Ireland. The in depth-mapping willfurther map and analyse the extent to which micro-credentials are used by labour marketstakeholders.
  • The second assignment will be an analysis of the relationship between micro-credentials and the evolving qualifications and credentials systems. This assignment will be largelybased on the information gathered through the first work assignment. First, it will identifyhow micro-credentials are linked to and integrated into qualifications and credentialssystems (if at all). We will then see whether micro-credentials issued by international bodiesand in other countries have any influence on the actions of national stakeholders. Second,the study team will determine where micro-credentials are placed in the overallqualification system and how that affects the stackability options. Third, the workassignment will reflect on the impact of micro-credentials on national qualifications andcredentials systems.
  • The third work assignment will analyse the relevance and added value of micro-credentials. we will identify the conditions for trusting micro-credentials as seen from end user perspective (e.g. learners, education institutions, employers).

To sum up, the three work assignments presented below are interrelated and will together provide a better understanding of the role played by micro-credentials in supporting labour market related and employment relevant education, training and learning as well as a better understanding of the strengths as well as limitations of evolving micro-credentials.

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