In a recent post, the WEF described four ways to reskill workers:
- Universal access to connectivity and devices
- Promote a thriving eco-system of skill-based credentials
- Build the currency of micro-credentials, and
- Create wide-spread access to hands-on learning.
The value of credentialed learning is clear. Learners need access to materials, opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills and to demonstrate actual competency with their new skills, and to have those demonstrated skills credentialed by recognised and respected institutions (established businesses, learning institutions like schools or universities, and so on).
For those about to enter the workforce, rejoin it, or retrain in it, the value of appropriately credentialed skills is clear. As the WEF point out:
“Professional Certificates … equip workers with the latest industry-relevant digital skills. These entry-level Professional Certificates enable someone with no college degree or prior experience to learn the required skills for in-demand digital jobs entirely online in 3-5 months.”
It is important, if you’re looking at micro-credentials, to make sure the provider does more than “tick-and-flick”. Without hard, demonstrated competency as a requirement of the credential, any badge is just wallpaper.
You can see the WEF’s post here: