A major new Cedefop study focuses on how microcredentials can support learning for employment, and vocational education and training (VET) providers, authorities, employers and employees are invited to share their views and experience.

The study on ‘The role of microcredentials in facilitating learning for employment’ aims at contributing to a better understanding of the characteristics of, and roles played by, microcredentials in labour-market-related skills development. The study seeks to understand the use of microcredentials in vocational and professional education as well as their independent use by companies and sectors. The findings will also shed light on how national and international qualifications and certifications systems are evolving.

Microcredentials are a relatively recent learning pathway; their main feature is flexibility in delivery and pace that allows individuals to build their skills portfolio by adding alternative credentials (including digital badges, microcredentials, nanocredentials, minor awards, etc.). These are mainly acquired through massive online open courses (MOOCs).

The importance of microcredentials is acknowledged in the 2020 European skills agenda, which calls for an EU approach to this novel learning pathway.

Cedefop’s study includes a survey designed to capture the voices of VET providers, national and regional authorities, employers and employees. They are invited to share their experience with microcredentials as well as their thoughts on their usefulness by filling in a questionnaire that will allow the survey to reflect a wide cross section of views.

The questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete and is a key opportunity for the VET sector to add its input to the ongoing work of the EU Commission to develop an EU approach to microcredentials.

Please, complete the questionnaire by 5 July by choosing the appropriate link below:

VET providers

National / regional authorities

Employers and organisations representing employers

Organisations representing employees