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Micro-credential standards

Following the conclusions of PR1, the Micro-credentials standards will define the basic, hard, soft and transversal key competences for the PHS sector to be recognised by micro-credentials via validation of non-formal and informal learning. These skills will be defined as much as possible in accordance with the EQF methodology and the learning outcomes approach, this is to say, in terms of knowledge, skills, responsibility and autonomy, in order to facilitate its transferability and reusability to other sectors and professional profiles.

Updates about the second phase: research phase 

Personal and household services (PHS) cover jobs and services carried out to support households:

  • 63% are care activities: childcare, assistance to the elderly, dependent or disabled, excluding healthcare.
  • 37% are non-care activities: cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, gardening, small house repairs and private lessons

This represents 9.5 million jobs in the EU, or 4% of EU employment. Source : European Commission

Micro-certification is a priority of the European Commission’s Skills Strategy, which aims to help individuals and companies develop more and better skills.  The concept of micro-certification is not new but is more commonly referred to as “open badges”, “micro-certificates”, “nano-skills”. The most developed initiatives in the EU are related to the field of higher education, for example with MOOCs (massive-online open courses). The latest definition adopted at European level refers to the “formal recognition of a small volume of learning”. The concept receives increased attention from European public policy and research players. 

In this framework that the MyCred4Home project aims to conduct an experiment to test micro-certification adapted to the personal and household service sector. 

The partners are currently establishing a methodology and tools around microcertification for the PHS sector. A data collection phase is organised in all partner countries with several types of actors: future users of microcertification (people who work or would like to work in the PHS sector), employment and training professionals, certification stakeholders, in the public or private sector.

The objective of this phase is to collect information concerning the type of competences to be micro-certified, their format, the evaluation and validation methods of the micro-certification. It’s the first step that will allow to build a coherent and relevant micro-certification framework proposal, adapted to a need. 

As far as possible, as this is a European project, these tools will be standardised. However, it is expected that they will respond to a need in the territories, and given the diversity of contexts in each of the partner countries, potential adaptations are foreseen. Once the tools have been designed, a real-life test will be conducted by the project partners, before the elaboration of recommendations for the use of micro-certification in the PHS sector.

You will answer a series of questions that relate to the creation of micro-certification for household activities. These data will be processed by the partners.

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