This material is aimed at you who are interested in what micro-credentials are and can be for your particular organization. It is aimed at you who are decision-makers or education providers and are unsure whether micro-qualifications can solve any of the challenges that the field faces. As well as you who just want to update yourself on what is happening in the project.
The material originates from the spring conference held on May 2, 2023. The material is i swedish but English subtitles are available. Click at the CC button
This part introduces the concept of micro-credentials and why micro-credentials are on many people’s lips right now. A brief introduction to the Competence Passport project and the investment made by Vinnova is also given here.
Micro-credentials in an international context
In this part, Tania Sarmiento, shares the EU’s perspective on micro-credentials. Why the EU is working with it and also goes deeper into what micro-credentials mean, its opportunities and challenges, and recommendations. Tania also concludes by sharing their perspective and why they have chosen to work with micro-credentials.
Micro-credentials in Sweden and the project
In this part , Björn Flintberg, RISE and Hans Almgren, the Swedish Agency for Higher Vocational Education, talk in more detail about the project Kompetenspasset and micro-credentials in a Swedish context – how it all began & how it’s going.
Panel discussion with the project’s pilots
Here we get to hear the project’s pilot activities talk about their experiences and visions and address the questions that have arisen during the work.
The project pilots are: Sobona, Proteco, Handelsrådet, Skellefteå, Arbetsförmedlingen
Participants’ reflections on micro-credentials
How well does today’s system for skills supply support upskilling and reskilling?
According to the participants at the Spring Conference of the Competence Pass, improvements and development of the current system for skills supply are required. There is a need for adaptability, more training opportunities and increased support for upscaling and reskilling. There is also a demand for a more holistic, flexible and collaborative system. Stakeholders should focus on modular thinking, careful mapping and recognition of work-based learning. More efforts are needed, especially for the unemployed and those who are far from the labour market.
What opportunities do we see with micro-credentials?
Micro-credentials are important for skills supply and lifelong learning. They provide opportunities for people without formal education to make their knowledge visible and avoid getting stuck in a specific industry.
Micro-credentials can be used to document an individual’s learning journey and help organizations identify the right talent and develop their workforce. They also facilitate international recruitment by ensuring specific skills for tasks. They also have the potential to recognize and make informal learning visible, simplify validation and enable alternative merit assessment.
Micro-credentials offer a flexible approach to learning and development, facilitating career guidance and identification of developmental needs.