12th July 2023
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney TD today launched a new platform to assist people seeking to upskill and reskill.
Over 300 short, flexible and accredited courses are available through the platform from seven institutions to address skills needs of industry.
The MicroCreds project is €12.5 million and aims to reimagine the learner’s education experience through agile, accessible and bite-sized qualifications.
Speaking today, Minister Harris said:
“It is vitally important that we find ways to make it easier for learners, employees and employers to access upskilling and reskilling opportunities that will help improve their education and in turn, address skills shortages.
“The OECD skills review emphasised that skills, talent and workforce development policies should be at the core of Ireland’s response to emerging global trends.
“Microcredentials are a fundamental shift in our approach to education and training. It recognises that in an ever-changing world, learners, employees and employers need to be able to keep up with the demands of the modern workplace.
“Microcredentials will help deliver this providing targeted, up-to-date skills in flexible and accessible formats to bridge the skills gap and empower individuals to excel in their chosen fields.”
Speaking at the launch today, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD said:
“The MicroCreds project sees enterprise and universities work together to address the skills gaps in industry and address those needs.
“Microcreds.ie will empower individuals and support employers in accessing the upskilling and reskilling they require.
"Learners can choose from an array of micro-credentials tailored to their career goals.
“Companies can also use the site to upskill and reskill their workforce in a way that suits the employee and the employer.
“The recent report from the OECD “Skills Strategy Ireland: Assessment and Recommendations” showed that we are facing some critical challenges today with others visible on the horizon.
“Upskilling and reskilling is essential for companies to adapt to changes in technology, retain talent, enhance productivity and remain competitive.
Commenting on the launch of Microcreds.ie Jools O’Connor, MicroCreds Project Lead at the Irish Universities Association said:
“MicroCreds is an ambitious 5-year project that aims to re-imagine how people engage with lifelong learning and upskilling in Ireland.
“Through our work with our seven partner universities we are putting the building blocks in place to develop a national framework and understanding of micro-credentials, making us one of the first countries in Europe to do this at a national level.
“The development of Microcreds.ie is a key deliverable of MicroCreds project. It is very fitting that we are launching MicroCreds.ie during the EU Year of Skills which aims to be a catalyst for the uptake of lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities.
“The core objective of Microcreds.ie is to create a national platform for short, accredited courses that makes it easier and more accessible for people to engage with lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities in a way that better suits their personal and work commitments.
“Our partner universities have developed over 300 micro-credentials and counting that have been developed in collaboration with enterprise to address key skills needs at both a national and regional specific level.”
Microcreds.ie is one of 24 projects funded under Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3, which represents an overall investment of approximately €200 million from the National Training Fund over 5 years.
This is a fundamental shift in our approach to education and training. It recognises that in an ever-changing world, learners, employees and employers need to be able to keep up with the demands of the modern workplace.
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