In recent years, the Canadian labour market has been defined by technological change, creating the need for employees with new competencies. Numerous studies have documented this transformation. To that situation has been added the job loss caused by the pandemic. The resulting need for upskilling and reskilling has created a trend toward short courses known as “microcredentials” that focus on specific competencies required by employers. Colleges and institutes across the country are taking a leadership role in this type of training and are offering an increasing number of microcredential programs.
For learners to see their usefulness and for employers to recognize their value, an understanding of what are microcredentials is needed. Colleges and Institutes Canada has undertaken an environmental scan to ascertain how these courses are defined in Canada, what they look like and where they are being offered.
As there is a good deal of interest among many stakeholders in Canada, CICan collaborated with several partners during the project, including the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), Business + Higher Education Roundtable and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
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