Commission proposes rules for recognition of short courses

The European Commission has unveiled proposals to encourage member states to establish EU-wide principles for giving accreditation to short training courses. The aim is for each citizen to have a record of any short courses they complete and for these qualifications to be recognised across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders, writes Goda Naujokaityte for Science|Business.

In addition to calling on member states to establish common definitions and standards to enable such records, the commission is asking them to set up ‘digital wallets for training entitlements’ that can be accumulated and spent on training.

People would be able to accumulate these entitlements and use them throughout their careers. This would allow them to embark on longer or more costly training, or to update or complete their skills set, in response to the needs of the labour market. The new principles seek to support life-long learning, in a bid to give Europeans the skills needed for the EU’s green and digital transitions.
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