Digital badges are going global with a new partnership between Credly and Digitalme (part of the City & Guilds Group), a UK- and EU-based provider of digital credentialing services. The two companies plan to “expand the use of digital credentials to recognize skills and talents” in the European Union, according to a news release.

The collaboration “expands Credly’s international operations and enhances the technology underpinning the Digitalme platform,” the announcement said. In addition, Credly is supporting Digitalme’s operations with a dedicated European-based data center; the expanded infrastructure will also help European organizations comply with EU data privacy requirements.

As part of the partnership, Digitalme will help design and implement achievement and recognition systems for organizations that focus on skills development, from “internal workforce development solutions to transnational standards for specific job roles and industry associations.”

“Working with hundreds of organizations, ranging from schools to universities and major employers and professional associations, we’ve seen first-hand how digital credentials are fast becoming the global learning currency for recognizing and sharing achievements online,” said Chris Kirk, managing director of Digitalme, in a statement. “This new partnership will enable us to scale the impact of digital credentials globally, and provide more relevant and meaningful data points to connect talent with opportunity.”

About:  Credly was founded to help people get recognition for their skills, to connect their verified abilities to opportunities, and to bring happiness, equity and access to every member of the current and future workforce. After helping lead the transformation in how people learn and connect online, our team turned its sights on bringing much-needed innovation to the outputs of meaningful learning experiences: the credential itself. Credly is leading the digital credential movement, making talent more visible and opportunity more accessible.  For more information, visit Credly

About: DigitalMe is re-imagining learning for the 21st Century & equipping young people with the skills and competencies they need to thrive in work and life.  We don’t accept that learning should be dull for children or irrelevant for employers. We have seen that when young people are provided with the right tools, projects and real world opportunities, amazing learning can happen.  We are dedicated to helping educators use technology for the development of authentic learning experiences, which are relevant, challenging, fun and prepare young people for success in life and work.  Using Mozilla Open Badges, we are working together with teachers, charities and employers to create a new digital currency that recognises all young people’s skills and talents. By embracing open standards and partnership working we aim to transform the learning landscape and increase the life chances of young people.  We are a not-for-profit organisation funded by foundations and through project design and delivery. Any profit we make goes back into the development of our learning programmes to reach the most disadvantaged learners. For more information visit Digitalme

Source:  Campus Technology