Public consultation launched on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability

Publication date: 20/04/2021

The European Commission is today launching a 12-week long public consultation on a European approach to micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability.

The public consultation seeks to collect ideas for the development of a common definition for micro-credentials, European Union (EU) standards for their quality and transparency and the next steps to be taken at the institutional, national and EU levels.

The public consultation will be open until 13 July 2021 at 23:59 Central European Summer Time (CEST). 

This joint initiative led by European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, and for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, will support the quality, transparency and uptake of short learning courses leading to micro-credentials. 

Establishing a European approach to micro-credentials will help to substantially widen learning opportunities and to make lifelong learning a reality across the EU.

Commissioner Gabriel highlighted that: 

“In these unprecedented times, our learning opportunities need to adapt. They should be flexible, modular and accessible to anyone wanting to develop their competences. Our European approach to micro-credentials will facilitate the recognition and validation of these important short learning experiences. It will contribute to making lifelong learning a reality across the EU.” 

Commissioner Schmit, commented:

“As Member States strive to meet the target of 60% of adults in annual training set by the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, we need to make learning as user-centric as possible. Whether you take a short course in coding through a VET provider or learn a foreign language with a language school, your newly-acquired skills should be recognised throughout the European labour market. The public consultation that we launch today is an important step to put this flagship action from our European Skills Agenda into practice.”

Within Europe, a growing number of citizens need to update their knowledge, skills and competences to fill gaps between their formal education and the needs of a constantly evolving society and labour market. 

Short learning courses offered by diverse public and private stakeholders are developing rapidly across Europe in response to the need for more flexible, learner-centred forms of education and training. 

The potential role of and interest in micro-credentials that certify the outcomes of these short learning experiences is thus increasing. 

Take part in the public consultation and have your say today! 

The consultation will be available in all EU official languages from 30 April 2021.

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