(PRWEB) May 23, 2013
Connecting talent with opportunities using digital badges:
DigitalMe’s exciting new ‘online badging’ initiative, ‘Badge the UK’ is using Mozilla Open Badges to enable the worldwide recognition of in-demand workplace skills and create new employment opportunities for young people.
Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. Badge the UK is a new project which will enable learners to demonstrate all their achievements using digital badges.
Run by DigitalMe and supported by Nominet Trust, Badge the UK will help teachers, employers and social enterprises to badge their learning programmes and provide an easy way for any teacher to award the badges they create nationwide.
These badges will highlight the achievement of a range of skills that learners develop through real-life learning projects, after-school clubs and outside experiences. All of which are important to employers in today’s digital world, but aren’t recognised by traditional qualifications.
Through a partnership with Makewaves, every young person will be provided with a badge portfolio page to help them share their achievements with employers and colleges. Young people will be able to share their badges across the web, on any website which supports the Mozilla Open Badge Standard.
Sharing these competencies online will help young people to demonstrate their skills and increase their employability profile and life chances. The initiative will also allow employers to quickly identify learners who can solve complex and novel problems through teamwork, creativity and the use of digital technology.
“DigitalMe are delighted to have been supported by The Nominet Trust to ‘Badge the UK’. Mozilla Open Badge technology provides a unique way to democratise skills and achievements, to better connect schools with industry and provides a real opportunity to increase young people’s life chances.” -Tim Riches CEO
DigitalMe are looking for schools, organisations and employers interested in using Open Badges to join the project. Find out more http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
Ready to start designing your own Open Badges? Check out the DigitalMe Badge Design Canvas http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgecanvas