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ERIC Number: ED626547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Micro-Credentials Are Taking Off: How Important Are They for Making Lifelong Learning a Reality? Policy Brief: Evidence, Practices and Advice to Shape Policies. Issue 1
European Training Foundation
Micro-credentials are an emerging phenomenon all over the world. They are seen as instrumental in supporting upskilling and reskilling in response to transformations in labour markets. New technologies and the green and digital transition are changing skills demand , and for such a transition, people will need to keep up-to-date and ensure their training is more adapted to individual needs. In May-June 2021, the European Training Foundation (ETF) conducted a survey that explored the views of different actors and stakeholders in education and training and the labour market on the subject of micro-credentials. It focused mainly on EU neighbouring countries. The survey received 499 responses from 60 countries all over the world, which gave a global snapshot of views on micro-credentials. Through a questionnaire, respondents were asked to share their views on what micro-credentials are, why they are important, and how they can make a difference and be linked to existing quality assurance and recognition mechanisms. The respondents were formal and non-formal education and training providers, national authorities and agencies, as well as labour market stakeholders. The aim of the survey was to identify what support is needed to boost a micro-credential approach and to collect examples of existing micro-credentials and opinions on the implications of their uptake and use. Based on the responses, the survey findings support the definition of micro-credentials as a shared tool, alongside other lifelong learning instruments.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation (ETF) (Italy)
Identifiers - Location: European Union
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