Could microcredentials help close the digital skills gap?

Monday, 28 October, 2019

Could microcredentials help close the digital skills gap?

Microcredentials could help bridge the digital skills gap, according to the Australian Information and Industry Association (AIIA).

The assertion, made 24 October, comes after the Australian Government published its review of the Australian Qualifications Framework, which suggested that the country’s existing qualification systems across higher education, VET and senior secondary schools needed a ‘shake-up’.

This includes the recognition of shorter form credentials or ‘microcredentials’ which can be used for upskilling or reskilling in the education system and the workplace.

AIIA said they believe microcredentials, among other recommendations in the report, are valuable for the development of in-demand technology and digital skills.

Earlier this year, the organisation called for a cohesive national approach to raising the standard of digital skills in education and training at tertiary institutions.

“We support the government’s initiative and this type of innovative thinking to address the digital skills gap,” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said.

“Promoting great fluidity and equal value between VET, higher education and schools through microcredentials will encourage students to combine digital skills with business courses and hands-on experience.

“The government is clearly listening to the industry and responding to its needs by considering reforms that will create new opportunities for Australian students.”

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