Digital credentials to represent attained skills are much more than just a ‘badge’ when you scratch beneath the surface. Here are 8 key advantages for VET providers who choose to adopt digital credentials.
The trend towards digital credentials or ‘badging’ has been talked about for some time now in education markets around the world. With some leading examples of implementation emerging in VET as well as higher education, now may be the right time for providers to consider the advantages of digital credentials.
But what are the benefits for providers? Here are 8 key advantages of digital credentials for VET
1. Student completion
Digital credentials enable VET providers to break learning recognition down into smaller parcels or micro-credentials. With recognition delivered along the learning journey, students are more likely to be motivated through ‘gamification’ to continue with their course, leading to higher overall completion rates.
2. Employer communication
Digital credentials give educators new opportunities to represent the skills and knowledge they deliver for the end employer. Through communication about – or even co-design or endorsement of digital credentials – as well as more ‘relatable’ packaging, educators can forge strong industry relationships to foster employability and job outcomes.
Digital credentials can keep a vocational education provider’s brand modern and relevant – and even set it ahead of the competitive pack. By embracing digital credentials, providers align themselves with the latest thinking and practice in education as well as the technology in the hands of learners.
4. Digital Marketing
Each digital credential can be shared and viewed on the digital networks of former and current students as well as the employers looking to hire them. Through social amplification, badges continually work to market your organisation to the people you want from the moment they are issued.
Digital credentials enable vocational education providers to expand their horizons by credentialing complementary packets of knowledge and skills that are in demand outside of existing qualification frameworks. Progressive educators can design learning and create content aligned to employers’ needs to unlock new business growth potential.
Digital credentials allow educators to create learning pathways that encompass the full spectrum of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills beyond the finish line of traditional certificates or qualifications. Positioning educators as a true partner in an individual’s lifelong learning journey, they enable educators to more easily offer continuous education beyond completion.
Digital credentials can be verified immediately by an employer online with the click of a button. Rather than being forced to manage unverified claims to skills and knowledge, educators are able to gift employers with third-party endorsed competency backed by optional blockchain security to provide an iron-clad assurance of the ability to do, not just say.
Digital credentials unlock the potential to innovative by increasing speed-to-market. While VET providers work within existing compliance frameworks, they will also be able to support the creation and marketing of supplementary non-accredited training at pace to ensure they stay at the cutting edge of learner and employer training needs.
Find out more about ReadyCred digital credentials available from VETtrak.