The conference presented the interim findings of Cedefop’s project on Microcredentials for labour market education and training.

Over 200 participants joined the event representing 40 counties. Cedefop’s approach to open exploration and consultation was highly appreciated by participants.

The event was an opportunity for policy-makers, stakeholders, experts and researchers  from education and training, industry and beyond, to discuss and understand the emerging roles of microcredentials in supporting labour-market-related and employment-relevant education, training and learning. It offered Cedefop an opportunity to share with participants the methodology and interim findings of its study on microcredentials, as well as a space for reflection and discussion of microcredentials’ broader uptake and function. Building on research carried out by Cedefop in recent years, the conference complemented the ongoing political discussion on tools and initiatives supporting people in their lifelong learning pathways established in the July 2020 Skills Agenda, the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) and the 2020 Osnabrück Declaration.

During the first day of the conference (25 November) Cedefop experts presented the project and its outcomes and participants were given the opportunity to participate actively in three breakout sessions. The second day (26 November) took a broader perspective on microcredentials, as they are increasingly being viewed as independent  building blocks in national and international skills strategies responding to several drivers.

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01. Session 1 Microcredentials for labour market education and training - A.Pouliou J.Bjornavold G.Kirdulyte

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02. Parallel session 1 - Microcredentials the case for France - P.Werquin

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03. Parallel Session 1 - The role of microcredentials in EU labour market related - B. Husted

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04. Parallel session 2 - Interaction of microcredentails with existing qualifications and certification systems - A. McCoshan

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05. Parallel session 2 - Microcredentials in a Swedish context - A.Kahlson H.Almgren

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06. Parallel sesion 3 - Microcredentials in a Danish perspective - V. Rittmann Petersen

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07. Parallel session 3 - New types of microcredentials in Poland - W.Stechly

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08. Day 2 - Session 1 - Maintaining credentials’ educational value - Dr G. Moodie and Wheelahan

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09. Day 2 - Session 1 - Is there a place for microcredentails in the SA NQF - Dr. Reddy

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10. Day 2 - Session 2 - Global market of microcredentials - Untangling a Twisted Story - M. Brown

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11. Day 2 - Session 2 - Global market of microcredentails - D.Orr and O.Rusnak

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12. Day 2 - Session 3 Microcredentials the view of students - K.Jakobson

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13. Day 2 - Session 3 - Accessibility of microcredentials - A.Gajek

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