Broadening the Recognition Ecosystem in VET with Micro-Credentials

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Type and Duration

ERASMUS, October 2022 until March 2025


Institute of Information Systems

Main Research

Business Process Management


This project aims to facilitate the use of the three recent EU developments in the skills recogni-tion and accreditation systems, namely: i) micro-credentials (and specifically open accreditation systems like badges), ii) the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifi-cations and Occupations (ESCO) and iii) Europass, the European CV infrastructure The facilitation of accreditation processes takes place by connecting these three recent develop-ments to EURES, the European job market platform. The required middleware to produce digital credentials in the form of badges needs to be developed so the system can automatically con-nect skills to the Europass CV creation system. It will be much quicker and more efficientto pro-vide an overviewofa learners skillset with this proof of recognition in the Europass CV to demonstrate these achievements within the CV and to the marketplace. As partners represent-ing institutions in sectors where skills accreditation is of utmost importance, this development aids the transparency and effectiveness of issuing certifications, beneficial to various stakehold-ers. Knowing about the use of the created middleware through piloting and testing, the same also enables the reinforcement of career paths because of thevisibility of skills. The BREVET (Broadening the Recognition Ecosystem in VET with Micro-Credentials) project facil-itates work processes at various levels by employing a comprehensive and EU-wide language that aids the future workforce to showcase their skillset in the European marketplace and be-yond. This allows associated practices and ecosystems to improve their capacities as well, lead-ing to new services and opportunities that are not available or possible with non-digital creden-tials. This enhanced recognition system will bridge the gap between informal, non-formal and formal recognition, adding value to the entire VET sector and setting an example for other sec-tors. Furthermore, the work packages that relate to system design, software development, piloting and policy implementation requires collaboration at various levels. This is why thorough plan-ning and interlocking work processes are key components of the BREVET project that aims to build upon the strengths of existing micro-credentialing systemsand address their weaknesses. This procedure will allow designing the components of an ecosystem and exploiting the oppor-tunities of new practices and services based on digital credentials.

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