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Benefits for Employers

Discover the DCU Micro-Credentials benefits for employers.

In the current economic climate, employers need to have access to relevant continuous professional development to achieve workplace competitiveness. The National Micro-Credential Survey [A Micro-Credential Roadmap: Currency, Cohesion and Consistency] undertaken in summer 2020 investigated employers and employees’ understanding and perceptions of the potential of micro-credentials in supporting continuing professional development and lifelong learning more generally.  As noted in this report, 

The attractiveness of micro-credentials was bound by time and cost constraints for both individuals and organisations.

This is where micro-credentials can help. DCU micro-credentials create an opportunity for employers to work with the university and develop short, flexible, accredited courses that address current and future skill gaps.  

Micro-credentials can provide: 

  • Enhanced and sustainable engagement in CPD Programmes 
  • Recognition of professional and personal skill development
  • Increased Competitiveness
  • Culture of continuous quality assurance and improvement 
  • Mapping of skills and expertise 

Our collaboration models - endorsement, knowledge sharing and partnership - are specifically designed to ensure that industry partners can join DCU in developing relevant flexible learning offerings for a range of purposes, given the varying demands and needs that employers have. 

This graphic displays the three DCU Collaboration Models. 1. Endorsement, 2. Knowledge sharing and 3. Partnership. Each model is a collaboration between the University and Industry. Industry input varies across the three models.

DCU Industry Collaboration Models