Micro-Credentials Urged for Hospitality

The hospitality industry is urged to become involved in the “micro-credential movement” in a report from Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet.

The study by Niamh O’Malley, the Skillnet Network Manager, says that “upskilling and certification with currency has an important role in the retention of talent”.

Micro-credentials certify the learning outcomes of short-term learning experiences, for example a short course or training. They offer a flexible, targeted way to help people develop the knowledge, skills and competences they need for their personal and professional development.

Shorter forms of learning opportunities than traditional qualifications, such as micro-credentials, are being developed rapidly across Europe and around the world. These opportunities are made available by a wide variety of public and private providers in response to the demand for more flexible, learner-centred forms of education and training. They also have the potential to offer education and training opportunities to a wider range of learners, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

On 16 June 2022, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted a Recommendation on a European approach to micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability. The Recommendation seeks to support the development, implementation and recognition of micro-credentials across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders.

Learners engaging with EU-approved courses can earn European standard credit system points (ECTS) which can accumulate to earn higher qualifications. Some short courses are now on offer from Trinity College Dublin, running from five to twelve weeks and offering “bite-sized” pieces of learning.

The report says that the Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet has a role to play in development and delivery of workshops on micro-credentials for industry stakeholders.